The singer blames the incident on anxiety and a case of mistaken anxiety
Afroman is blaming anxiety and a case of mistaken identity for punching a woman in the face onstage in Biloxi, Mississippi, on Tuesday.
The incident, which was caught on video, shows a woman coming up from behind the musician to dance next to him. Once he felt her presence, he can be seen punching her in the face and knocking her to the ground.
“I wanna apologize for my actions,” Afroman, whose real name is Joseph Foreman, told TMZ Live on Wednesday.
He went on to say that he’s enrolling in a program to manage his anxiety, which he pointed to as the culprit behind the assault.
“It was an early show,” he said. “I usually play at night when I’ve had my dinner and I medicate, I get right, but it was an early show. It was Mardi Gras. I had to walk, like, half a mile to get to the place.”
Furthermore, he thought that the woman in question was a man who had been heckling him and yelling “obscenities” all night.
Prior to his apology on TMZ Live, Afroman indirectly addressed the incident on Twitter: “It is what it is,” he wrote.
The musician was arrested at the Kress Live Entertainment Venue in Biloxi, and charged with assault, PEOPLE can confirm. He is currently out on bail after paying a $330 bond.
“It was wrong,” said Afroman of his reaction.