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Rapper Remy Ma has been arrested and charged for allegedly punching one of her “Love & Hip Hop: New York” co-stars in the face at an event in New York City last month.
The rapper, born Reminisce Smith, turned herself in to police on Wednesday and was arraigned on misdemeanor assault and harassment charges, the Associated Press reports. She was later released on $1,500 bail, but is due to return to court on May 24. In the meantime, a judge has ordered her to have no contact with the alleged victim.
Remy Ma is suspected of having punched fellow rapper Brittney Taylor in the face prior to a charity event at Irving Plaza on April 16. Taylor claimed that she and Remy Ma were talking backstage when the “Conceited” rapper hauled off, punching her in the right eye, TMZ reports.
Taylor was treated for her injury at Mount Sinai Hospital and went to police to report the alleged incident the following day, according to Page Six. She also took to social media to share footage of her injury, but the post has since been deleted.
Taylor’s lawyer Sanford Rubenstein said in a statement to the Associated Press that his client is confident that justice will be served.
“This arrest demonstrates how serious this matter is, it is real life and not reality TV entertainment,” Rubenstein said. “The victim Brittney Taylor has confidence in our system of justice and will continue to fully cooperate with the authorities.”
Remy Ma declined to comment to the Associated Press, but her lawyer, Dawn Florio, said that the allegations are not true and that Taylor is a “liar.” Remy Ma “did not touch her,” but instead was at home tending to her infant daughter during the time the alleged attack is said to have taken place, according to Florio.
“She’s going to fight this to the end,” Florio told the outlet.
Remy Ma is still on parole after shooting a former friend in 2007, an incident that landed her a six-year prison sentence. She was released in 2014 and currently has three months of probation remaining, according to the Associated Press.
Florio said that Remy Ma has been “the absolutely perfect parolee” since her release, but the recent allegations have resulted in stricter conditions for the rapper, who has been made to wear an ankle monitor and stick to an earlier curfew, USA Today reports.
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