News: CNN's Noreaga Arrested At Miami Burger Restaurant
Monday, Feb 23, 2009 11:55AM
Rapper Victor "Nore" Santiago was reportedly arrested and charged with a misdemeanor following a physical altercation at a Miami Beach fast food restaurant over the weekend.
The alleged incident took place early Sunday (February 22) morning.
Police said he disrupted the "normal flow of business" at a Fatburger by yelling at another customer, ripping up a bouquet of flowers and throwing a cup filled with a yellow liquid at the customer. (WFTV News)
Following his actions, Nore reportedly struck the victim.
Authorities said the rapper punched the man in the face, and yelled "Do you know who I am?" Santiago was charged with misdemeanor battery and disorderly conduct; he was taken to the Miami-Dade county jail and released. It was not immediately clear whether he has retained a lawyer. (ABC News)
The rapper has since addressed the incident via his Twitter account.
"I didn't realize that most off y'all don't know that Johnnie Rockets, McDonalds and Fat Burgers all have veggie burgers," he wrote unmodified. "Seriously though, I am not a man for negative behavior, at least not now in my career and in my life!!! I will not comment on the incident cause I can't wait for some one like Angela Yee or DJ Vlad to ask me a questions!!!" (Nore's Twitter)
Ironically, N.O.R.E. has had food-related problems including an unexpected weight gain over last summer.
N.O.R.E. claims his issues with the music played a major role in his weight gain which later reached 310 pounds. "I was depressed from what I did with the Reggaeton and I don't regret what I did with the Reggaeton, I regret how it went down," he said in an interview. "But I became depressed." He says it was this depression that led him to eat until he was extremely over weight. (Cipha Sounds & Peter Rosenberg's Morning Show)
The Queens, New York-bred emcee has nearly two decades of history within hip-hop.
One-half of the Queens hardcore rap duo Capone-N-Noreaga, Victor "Noreaga" Santiago met Kiam "Capone" Holley in 1992 while both were serving prison sentences. Signed to Penalty Records in 1996, the pair released a hard-hitting debut (The War Report) in June 1997, but after Holley was thrown back in jail on a parole violation, Santiago began recording a solo album. (All Music)