Rapper Bow Wow Arrested in Atlanta for Allegedly Assaulting Woman

The former child star was arrested early on Saturday morning and charged with battery, according to authorities

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Rapper Bow Wow, who now goes by his birth name Shad Moss, was arrested on Saturday morning for allegedly assaulting a woman.

A public information officer with the Atlanta Police Department tells PEOPLE in a statement that officers were called around 4:15 a.m. on Saturday morning.

Police spoke with a woman identified as Leslie Holden, who said that she had been assaulted by the rapper, authorities said.

The rapper, 31, went on to tell police that Holden had assaulted him, according to the PIO.

“Both parties did sustain visible minor injuries. Officers were unable to determine the primary aggressor of the altercation, so both parties were charged with battery,” the statement read.

“Both parties are being processed and will be transported to Fulton County Jail,” police added.

The investigation is ongoing.

A rep for Moss did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment.


The former child star has yet to comment on the arrest publicly. He has been promoting various pop-up shops in Atlanta this week, including one for his mother’s clothing boutique.

According to TMZ, shortly before his arrest, Moss was also spotted at a pre-Super Bowl event hosted by Shaquille O’Neal.

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Moss, who currently stars in Growing Up Hip Hop: Atlanta, first rose to fame in the 1990s after being discovered by fellow rapper Snoop Dogg.

Although he announced that he was retiring from rapping in 2016, the artist, who also starred on CSI: Cyber, has continued to make music, most recently releasing a string of songs in 2018.

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