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Rapper Afroman Arrested After Punching Female Fan at Concert

The 40-year-old "Because I Got High" rapper was performing in Mississippi on Tuesday night when a woman jumped on stage, prompting the punch.
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Rapper Afroman was arrested after punching a woman during his concert in Biloxi, Miss. Feb. 17, 2015. Christina Radish / Getty Images

He was gonna' play a song, and then he got — violent.

Afroman, the rapper behind the 2001 hit "Because I Got High," stunned fans at a concert Tuesday night in Biloxi, Mississippi, when he socked a petite female fan who hopped up on stage and started dancing beside him.

The shocking sucker punch to the head forced the woman to the ground and left her bleeding and crying until the house lights came back on, according to reports. Local radio personality John Govia told NBC News the crowd was dumbfounded after the incident. Some people in the audience began to boo, and the owner of the Kress Live venue quickly canceled the performance.

Police were called to the scene and arrested the entertainer, whose real name is Joseph Edgar Foreman. He was booked on an assault charge and released on a $330 bond, according to reports.

A rep for the Grammy Award-nominated rapper told Billboard magazine that Afroman was caught off guard by the woman and reacted with a punch.

"This was a completely involuntary reflex reaction to people infringing on his stage space," the rep said in a prepared statement. "It was uncharacteristic behavior that was initiated by outside uncontrolled forces."

In a tweet on Wednesday afternoon, Afroman gave a curt reaction:


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