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August 06, 2015 07:00 AM

Busta Rhymes was charged with assault after allegedly throwing a protein drink at a gym employee in New York City on Wednesday, PEOPLE confirms.

The 43-year-old rapper, whose real name is Trevor Tahiem Smith Jr., was arrested at around 8:30 p.m. following the incident at Steel Gym, said a spokesman for the New York Police Department.

Rhymes allegedly got into a fight with the employee, which escalated when the threw a carton of strawberry-flavored Muscle Milk at the man, hitting him in the head, the Associated Press reports.

Early Thursday morning, Rhymes appeared to address the incident on Instagram, writing: “Thanks to everyone who helped expedite this evening for me.

“I’m good and we’re back to the grind. Heading 2 the studio 2 turn the bulls— into GREATNESS. I’m super good.”

The rapper’s lawyer, Scott Leemon, did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment, though he did tell the New York Daily News that his client will beat the second-degree assault charge.

“This is clearly an attempt by someone to take advantage of Busta. He did nothing wrong,” Leemon said. “This is a bunch of bull.”

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