One week after Bow Wow and his on-again, off-again girlfriend Leslie Holden were arrested for battery, media outlets have published surveillance footage that appears to show the two having an intense argument in an elevator hours before their arrests.
Bow Wow, born Shad Moss, was arrested for battery substantial physical harm while Holden, also known professionally as Kiyomi Leslie, was arrested for battery in Atlanta, Georgia on Feb. 2 after getting into an altercation, People reports. Police took both parties into custody because they were unable to discern who was the “primary aggressor” in the situation, according to the outlet. Both were reportedly released later that day on $8,000 bonds.
Newly released surveillance footage may shed new light on the events preceding the alleged fight. In a short video obtained and published by TMZ, Bow Wow and Holden can be seen arguing inside the elevator of their apartment complex. The video, which was reportedly recorded after the couple spent a night partying together, shows the 31-year-old rapper forcefully taking something from Holden’s hand and, later, getting into her face and seemingly reprimanding her.
The video has no audio, so it’s unclear what was actually said, but Holden can be heard claiming that she'd been assaulted in a 911 call released shortly after the pair’s arrest. Holden told the dispatcher that Bow Wow had been “hitting her in places” and that he “said that nobody is going to believe me.”
The apartment building’s manager also called 911 and reported that another resident at the complex had heard a male voice saying that he would “Slap the f--k out of this b-tch,” TMZ reports.
Holden’s attorney Daniel R. Meachum has since said in a statement to People that the surveillance video supports his client’s claims of abuse.
“We are certain that the released video coupled with the 911 audio will confirm and corroborate that our client has been a long term victim of physical, verbal, and emotional abuse at the hands of Shad Moss p/k/a Bow Wow,” Meachum said. “We are pleased and fortunate to have this objective evidence to support the claims and defenses of our client.”
Bow Wow’s legal team did not respond to the outlet’s request for comment. His representatives have previously claimed that the rapper had been “wrongfully arrested,” with attorney Joe S. Habachy telling Channel 2 Action News that Bow Wow had been “beaten by an out of control intoxicated female.”
“The only two independent witnesses both corroborated his version of events indicating that Ms. Holden was simply out of control and was without a doubt the primary aggressor,” he continued. “For no logical reason officers arrested both parties despite having clear-cut evidence that Bow Wow was the victim in the case. Ms. Holden beat him with a lamp, bit him on his side, and spit on him while Bow Wow continually made efforts to avoid her. Bow Wow suffered multiple injuries, some of which are visible in his mugshot. Ms. Holden’s mugshot on the other hand speaks for itself, despite her allegation to police that she broke a fingernail.”
Holden told police that she and Bow Wow had been arguing because of a conversation she'd had with another man that night, according to a police report obtained by the Associated Press. Holden, who police said had redness on her lower back and fingers as well as broken fingernails, said that the rapper got physical and dragged her from the bedroom, ordering her to leave, according to police. When she initially tried to call the police from inside the home, Bow Wow and his friends stopped her from leaving by locking her in a bedroom and refusing to open the door for a responding officer, she claimed. The officer reportedly left after no one answered.
Meanwhile, Bow Wow told police that he and Holden got into an argument because she disrespected him by being “all over” another man at a party, the Associated Press reports. He referred to that man as “Shaquille,” according to The Atlanta-Journal Constitution, leading some to believe that he was referring to NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal.
Bow Wow said that he told Holden to leave after she started yelling, and when he put her things by the door, she responded by throwing a lamp at him, according to the Associated Press’ report. Photos obtained by TMZ show Bow Wow with scratches on his face and bite marks, all of which he claims Holden caused.
Sincerai Stallings, one of the lawyers representing Holden, previously told the Associated Press that Holden “was not the aggressor, but rather the victim” and that they are “confident that she will be exonerated of all charges.”
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