A woman who says she was struck by DaBaby last weekend at a Tampa nightclub has filed a lawsuit against the rapper, according to TMZ.
According to the suit filed by Tyronesha Laws, DaBaby “suddenly and without any warning” brutally and violently struck her in the face during a show at Whiskey North, 11921 N Dale Mabry Hwy.
Laws is suing for battery, intentional infliction of emotional distress and other damages, the story says.
Laws’ attorneys, Matt Morgan and Chelsea Cromer of Morgan & Morgan, called the incident “outrageous and shocking."
“Our goal is to deter similar conduct in the future and send a message that this type of behavior is not tolerated in America,” they added.
According to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, which responded to the incident, DaBaby was being walked through the crowd when a woman standing next to her touched his face. DaBaby then turned and hit the woman on the right cheek with an open hand, deputies said.
The Sheriff’s Office did not release the name of the woman, citing Marsy’s Law.
DaBaby’s lawyer, Drew Findling, told TMZ that Laws is not the person his client slapped.
Video of the incident appeared to show a woman shining a phone flashlight near the rapper’s face. DaBaby, whose name is Jonathan Kirk, apologized on Instagram, saying he couldn’t see with the light in his eyes.
He said he would be willing to fly the woman out so he can apologize in person.
Deputies said the woman didn’t have any visible wounds and refused medical treatment.
Times staff writer Romy Ellenbogen contributed to this report.