News: Update: Flo Rida Reacts To Rabbit-Killing Accusations, "I Would Never Want To See Cruelty"

Thursday, Mar 26, 2009 4:35PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Rapper Flo Rida has responded to police accusations of being involved in an act of animal cruelty against a rabbit earlier this week in Kentucky.

Responding to reports that authorities were seeking his tour bus in connection to the brutal slaying of a rabbit, the rapper released a statement.

"While no one in my party was in any way involved in any incident, the media report that I saw was sickening. As an animal lover, I would never want to see cruelty inflicted upon them." (Statement)

Despite Flo's claims, witnesses are reportedly saying they watched the rapper's entourage engage in an act of cruelty on the alleged rabbit.

Witnesses have come forward to allege that they saw two of the rapper's group killing a rabbit in Lexington, Kentucky, where Flo Rida had an in-store appearance on Wednesday, March 25. The witnesses say the two men killed the animal for no apparent reason and then boarded back on the tour bus to leave the area. Authorities are attempting to track down the tour bus and question the men believed to be involved. So far, the Lexington Police, Kentucky State Police and Lexington Animal Control have launched an investigation into the claims. (All Headline News)

The "Low" hitmaker was originally accused of brutally killing the animal.

According to an Animal Control officer, a witness reportedly observed the tour bus stopping the location, where two men got out of the bus. The witness told police men from the bus committed an act of cruelty to an animal. Police have said the animal was a rabbit, and without being graphic, they say the witness reportedly saw the men kill it and then leave. (WKYT News)

While Flo may not be directly connected to the act, authorities are still on the prowl for his tour bus.

Lexington Police, Kentucky State Police and Lexington Animal Control began investigating the incident. Police put out an attempt to locate the tour bus, which is reportedly heading to Columbus, Ohio. They would like to question the occupants on the tour bus. (AHH)

The rapper was in Kentucky promoting the release of his album R.O.O.T.S.

Flo Rida will be hosting his new album release party Wednesday (March 25) at the Verizon Wireless Communications store across the street from Fayette Mall. Flo Rida will be playing songs off his album, R.O.O.T.S., which stands for "Routes of Overcoming the Struggle," starting at 12:30 p.m. The first 104 people in line will meet the rapper, according to radio station 104.5 The Cat's Web site. Puccini's Smiling Teeth will also provide pizza for the album release party. (KY Kernel)

DMX and NFL star Michael Vick previously made headlines for animal cruelty charges.

The investigation stems from an Aug. 24 2007 raid of DMX's Phoenix home, where police were probing reports of animal neglect. Police seized 12 live pit bulls, numerous weapons and about a quarter-ounce of marijuana. (TMZ)

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