News: Kid Cudi's Knock-Out Victim Comes Forward, "I'm The Guy You Punched" [Video]
Monday, Dec 14, 2009 9:50AM
The male victim who was punched by Kid Cudi during a concert last weekend has come forward to reveal his identity and say he will not press charges against the rapper.
The victim, Michael Sharpe, explained why he would not take the emcee to court.
Michael Sharpe tells TMZ it all went down like this: someone behind him threw a wallet onto the stage. He says Cudi tossed it back to the crowd and Michael caught it -- but since it wasn't his, he tossed it back. Sharpe says that's when Cudi came towards him and, he says, Cudi started to punch him. Sharpe says his friends held him back and security quickly pulled Cudi away. Sharpe told us, "I'm not upset, I'm not going to be that person. I just want to meet him and be like 'I'm the guy you punched.' I'm not going to press charges." (TMZ)
Details on the incident took over the Internet beginning on Saturday (December 12).
The Internet is buzzing with a widely distributed video of what happened next. Cudi leaves the stage, climbs up on the crowd barrier and throws a punch. Rumors abound that the person he tagged wasn't the original offending party. A first-person report from the alleged victim is also being widely distributed online. In the story, the victim claims that wallet was thrown on stage by him after it had been returned to him in error and Cudi had said he would take it back if it wasn't his. Whatever the case, the video makes clear that someone was the target of the non-gangsta rapper's rabbit punch. (Kelowna News)
Cudi has kept quiet since the incident took place.
A spokesperson for Cudi could not be reached for comment at press time, and the MC does not appear to have commented on the incident on any of his official feeds. The rapper is currently one of the opening acts on Lady Gaga's Monster Ball tour. The Saturday night show was a solo gig that was not part of that tour. (MTV)
He recently said announcements would only be made upon his official websites.
"what up yall? Ive been hearing theres a lot of fake kid cudi accounts on twitter and facebook and i want to reassure everyone that none of these r me. i will NEVER get back on twitter or facebook. im gettin my blog back together and that will be the only way to stay connected with me. i think its sad as a m*thafucka people do this but, oh well, its inevitable. dont fall for it, if datnewcudi.com or kidcudi.com doesnt make a announcement (and i assure you they wont) then its some creeper lookin for attention. catch me on tour baybayyyyy. peace n love" (Dat New Cudi)
Check out footage from the incident down below: