Rapper 50 Cent could face criminal charges following an early Saturday melee that broke out after he jumped into the audience during an impromptu performance at a free concert in Springfield, Mass., PEOPLE reports.
Police are investigating claims that the hip-hop star injured three women, kicking them in the face as he jumped from the stage followed by his bodyguards. The incident occurred in front of nearly 2,000 people at a show presented by hip-hop radio station WZMX-FM.
Says Springfield Police Captain Bill Noonan: “Some of the people in the band threw some water bottles into the crowd, and the crowd reciprocated and threw some back on the stage. He took off his necklace and jumped into the crowd and was engaged in a physical struggle with several people.”
Noonan says that the rapper’s bodyguards “followed him into the crowd and several different fights broke out then. … Once we get statements from the victims and witnesses, we’ll present them to the district attorney for his review.”
50 Cent (real name: Curtis Jackson), 37, lives nearby in Mike Tyson’s former home in Farmington, Conn., and showed up at the concert to support friend Lloyd Banks of G-Unit.
Two people were arrested for disturbing the peace, and at least seven people were injured, including the three who claim to have been hurt by 50 Cent.
One man who attended the concert says he was shot in the leg two blocks away from the nightspot. It took police 45 minutes to an hour to get the concert hall back to order. At least one person was treated at a local hospital.
One 26-year-old woman says the rapper kicked her in the forehead, which left a mark, and then walked on the victim’s back while she was on the floor. Meanwhile, a 40-year-old woman claims 50 Cent kicked her in the mouth, leaving a swollen lip, and he stepped on her ankle.
Still yet another alleged victim, a 25-year-old woman, says that she suffered a facial contusion on the right side of the face when the rapper jumped from the stage. She was treated at the scene.