Legal action has been taken against rapper DaBaby for reportedly assaulting an individual during the Christmas season of 2019.
Christopher Pocasangren is suing rapper DaBaby (real name Jonathan Kirk) for an alleged assault that occurred during the Christmas season of 2019. Pocasangren is seeking over $2 million in damages for emotional distress and other charges in addition to the assault charge.
The incident reportedly occurred at a Marriott Hotel where Pocasangren worked. He asked DaBaby for a photo, but the rapper declined. Pocasangren decided to take a photo anyway, which DaBaby asked him to delete. Pocasangren claims that later, when DaBaby saw him again, the rapper followed him into the hotel and assaulted him. The entire incident was captured on the hotel’s security cameras, which contradicted DaBaby’s claim that he was defending himself.
DaBaby is also facing another lawsuit from Gary Pager, who accused him of assault in 2021 for not following rental rules on a property Pager was renting to the rapper. DaBaby has requested to postpone the hearing for Pager’s case, which was scheduled for April, due to the ongoing case with Pocasangren.
DaBaby’s lawyer said, “If the trial date is not continued, DaBaby will not be able to respond to discovery or testify without providing information that could potentially incriminate him in the parallel criminal case. The trial date must be continued to protect DaBaby’s Fifth Amendment right.”
Allegedly, DaBaby got involved in this situation because he rented a property to shoot a music video but violated the contract by having over 40 people and a film crew when it could only accommodate 12 people. When the property owner, Gary Pager, showed up to enforce the rule, DaBaby punched him in the face.
DaBaby’s lawyer has stated that he cannot deal with this case until his ongoing criminal case involving the hotel employee is resolved in October 2023 at the earliest. When the police arrived, DaBaby and his team fled the scene, leaving behind significant damage, including a security camera, and allegedly not paying the full lease. Furthermore, he is said to have taken valuable kitchenware as a petty act of theft.