According to Pitchfork, last year, Kevin Gates was seen kicking a female fan during a show in Lakeland, Florida. He has been found guilty of battery. Gates been sentenced to 180 days in Polk County jail with credit for any time served, fines, and court costs, Billboard reports. After one day of testimony, he was convicted by a jury of six women.
Gates claimed that he kicked 18-year-old Miranda Dixon in self-defense after she grabbed his legs multiple times, WFLA reports. “I kicked them, I wanted them off me,” he said. Dixon said during the trial, “I was trying to get his attention for my friend.” That friend, Teremal Redding, testified that she wanted Gates’ attention “because he is a famous rapper.” She also testified that when Dixon grabbed him the first time, he continued performing, but the second time, he became violent and kicked her with force.