News: UPDATE: "Friday" Star Busted On Camera Confronting Partygoer [Video]
Wednesday, Nov 21, 2012 9:05AM
A day after reports surfaced about comedian Mike Epps fleeing his own birthday party after a gunshot went off, security footage from celebration has now surfaced.
According to reports, Epps is shown in the footage confronting a heckler prior to the birthday bash ending prematurely.
TMZ has obtained security footage of the Mike Epps nightclub fight ... which DOES show the comic charging after another man ... but DOES NOT show anyone firing a gun. We broke the story ... the LAPD responded to a Hollywood club Monday night after someone called cops to report a shot fired inside the venue, following a scuffle between Mike and another man. Sources tell TMZ ... before the fight, Mike had been "heckled" by a man who was hanging around Mike's private VIP table that night ... and Mike decided to go outside in an effort to cool off. But as Mike got close to the front door, he and the heckler crossed paths ... and the video shows Mike rushing after the man in anger. The camera rolled as drinks start to fly ... and security scrambled to take control of the situation. (TMZ)
Although nothing popped off, the alleged gunshot went down shortly after their confrontation.
Moments after the skirmish, Mike can be seen with his private security team inside the club ... while the rest of the clubgoers continue to dance, unfazed by the melee. Cops responded to the scene a short time later -- and the club was cleared out due to the report of a gunshot. But sources tell us, a search of the premises did NOT turn up a shell casing or a bullet hole. No arrests were made. According to sources, the party was a private event -- unaffiliated with the club at large -- and Epps' team personally managed the guest list. (TMZ)
Details of the Hollywood incident flooded the Internet Tuesday (November 20).
A showdown between Epps' entourage and some clubgoers led to a "warning shot" being fired, which had all the other attendees scrambling for the door. The comedian had just arrived at Tru nightclub to celebrate his birthday when the melee broke out. An eyewitness said Epps immediately jumped in his car and fled the scene. (The Grio)
Days prior, the Friday movie franchise star acknowledged fans wishing him a happy birthday.
"Appreciate all the Birthday Love! Thank you!," he tweeted November 18th. (Mike Epps' Twitter)
Check out the security footage: