Sunday, February 25, 2018
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Rapper Machine Gun Kelly, two members of crew arrested in St. Petersburg club brawl

ST. PETERSBURG — Richard Baker, a.k.a. Ohio rapper Machine Gun Kelly, and two members of his crew were arrested early Sunday after sparking a huge brawl at Bishop Tavern, according to St. Petersburg police.

The rapper, who was raised by missionary parents, discussed Sunday's events on Twitter.

"The weirdest part of it was how many inmates in there knew who I was ...," Baker wrote Sunday after his release from Pinellas County Jail.

The incident took place at 3 a.m. at 260 First Ave. N. Baker had performed Saturday night at the State Theatre, then headed to the Bishop, where they were in the second-floor VIP section.

A woman was requesting a song from the DJ, according to police, when the rapper's manager came up behind her. The manager, Andre Cisco, 26, grabbed her inappropriately, and simulated a sex act.

The woman objected, and a bouncer intervened. Fighting quickly ensued. The club's manager summoned police, who estimated there were 50 to 75 people involved when they arrived.

Both Baker, 21, and Cisco were charged with misdemeanor disorderly conduct and freed Sunday morning after each posting $100 bail. Anthony Jackson, 22, a member of Baker's entourage, was charged with three misdemeanors: disorderly conduct, simple battery and resisting an officer without violence. He was freed Sunday afternoon after posting $900 bail.

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