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Jan 5, 2015 12:19 AM

Rapper Joey Bada$$ charged in Australia on concert tour

The Associated Press

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) An official and media say New York hip hop artist Joey Bada$$ has been charged in Australia with assaulting a security guard before a performance last week.

Australian Broadcasting Corp. and Australian Associated Press reported Monday that the 19-year-old Brooklyn performer was headed for the stage of a music festival near Byron Bay in New South Wales state Friday when he was asked by a security guard to prove his identity.

Bada$$ allegedly punched the guard, breaking his nose, before continuing to the stage.

Court official Melissa Everson says Bada$$ appeared in the Lismore Local Court on Saturday and was released on bail. She would not confirm media reports that he was charged with assault causing bodily harm.

His lawyer did not immediately return a call from The Associated Press.


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