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Fabolous Thanks Fans For Support Following Domestic Abuse Allegations

Fabolous performed after video footage of fight with Emily B. surfaced.

By Sowmya Krishnamurthy
Fabolous and Emily Bustamante

Just days after his arrest for domestic abuse, Fabolous took the stage in his hometown to thank fans for staying by his side. "I came out tonight for y'all," the Brooklyn rapper said over the weekend during a Lil Kim concert, according to XXL. "I made sure I had to be here tonight for y'all. I love y'all New York City. Thank y'all for the love and support, much love." 

Just hours before the show, TMZ released surveillance video footage of Fabolous and the victim of his alleged domestic abuse, longtime girlfriend Emily Bustamante, in a heated argument. In the video, which was shot at the couple's home in Englewood, New Jersey, the rapper appears to be holding a sharp object and threating Bustamante's father with physical violence.  At one point he yells at Bustamante, asking why her father is present at the home. Her dad yells back, "That's my motherf***ing daughter." The rapper then threatens to have the father shot.

TMZ reports that this incident was followed by authorities visiting the home. However, Fabolous' attorney told the outlet that this was nothing but an argument.

"This is only an argument. There certainly is no crime being committed, "said Alberto Ebanks. "If what you see in the video were a crime, we'd have to build more jails."

Fabolous was arrested Wednesday night for aggravated assault and making terroristic threats. He turned himself in to authorities and was released with a ticket for a future court date. Following his arrest, Fabolous' attorney told Billboard that he was shocked by the allegations.

"I've known Fab close to 20 years and believe he is incapable of engaging in the alleged conduct, "said Ebanks.

Court documents obtained by North Jersey.com state the alleged incident was caused by an interaction between the on-again, off-again couple on March 7. Fabolous (real name John Jackson) was in Los Angeles on a business trip and "became enraged" when he found out (through Instagram) that Bustamante (a stylist known as Emily B.) was in the same city. According to an affidavit of probable cause, he texted Emily that he wanted to hit her in the head with a baseball bat and that he would kill her. However, he "did not want to go out like that."

The court document accused Fabolous of punching the mother of his two children seven times in the face. The incident allegedly caused her severe injury and the loss of two front teeth.

[Photo: Getty Images]