Famous Rapper Arrested After Punching Las Vegas Casino Employee

  • Fetty Wap allegedly hit casino worker three times
  • Arrested at Mirage Casino and released later that day
  • Court hearing will be held in October
  • Rapper faces three misdemeanor counts of battery
rapper Fetty Wap holding wireless microphone on lit stage
Rapper Fetty Wap is facing charges of battery following an incident which saw a fight break out at a Las Vegas casino. [Image: Shutterstock.com]

Incident with casino staff

Celebrity rapper Fetty Wap was placed under arrest on September 1 at a casino on the Las Vegas Strip, following a physical fight with a casino worker. 

The incident took place at the Mirage Hotel and Casino, with the rapper allegedly punching his opponent three times. 

Throwing punches

Initial reports said the fight was with one of the valet attendants. However, subsequent reports from local media stated that the incident actually took place at the casino entrance, not near the valet section. 

Fetty Wap faces three misdemeanor counts of battery

All reports allege that the rapper threw three punches. It was at around 8:30am that the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police officers got to the scene and subsequently arrested the rapper on charges of battery. The rapper was released later that day on his own recognizance.

The court hearing will take place in October. Fetty Wap faces three misdemeanor counts of battery: one count for each punch. Neither the MGM (the owner of the Mirage) nor the rapper made a statement on the incident. 

Who is Fetty Wap?

Willie Maxwell III is known by his rapper name, Fetty Wap. The 28-year-old initially rose to prominence when he got to the number-two position on the US Billboard Hot 100 charts during May 2015 with his debut single ‘Trap Queen’. This led to the rapper getting a 300 Entertainment record deal.

Since then, he has hit the top 10 charts with two other singles. The New Jersey native is recognizable for having an ocular prosthesis after he lost his left eye as a child through glaucoma.

The rapper has been arrested once before. This was in November 2017 when he got a DUI charge. Police say the rapper was drag racing around New York City with another vehicle.

Other rappers in trouble

Fetty Wap isn’t the only famous rapper to get into trouble at a casino recently. 

Legendary Toronto rapper Drake was refused from playing at a Vancouver casino in November 2018. The Parq Vancouver Casino claimed the celebrity could not meet the verification standards over the sums of cash he was trying to gamble with. The case led to an outburst from Drake on social media, claiming he was the subject of racial profiling. 

Another prominent rapper, Meek Mill, was not allowed to enter the Cosmopolitan Hotel in Las Vegas in May 2019. According to reports, he was previously banned from the hotel due to a fight he got into with the hotel’s security guards. The rapper claimed that no such fight ever happened and that the hotel in question is racist.