Aaron Carter Attacked at Concert After Being Accused of Racial Remark
The singer was reportedly attacked onstage by a fellow musician during a performance on Friday night.
Singer Aaron Carter on Friday night was attacked by a member of his opening act who says Carter made a racial slur against him. The altercation ended with the headliner going to the emergency room.
Carter was performing at the Loony Bin in Bradley, Ill., when a member from the opening act ILL State began grabbing mobile phones from fans in the crowd and filming Carter onstage, TMZ reports.
This dude sized me up after I said he had to go and said bye Felipe like bye Felicia the male version.. Friday? He needed to go. https://t.co/80CrFvGtHr— Aaron Carter (@aaroncarter) February 18, 2017
The singer noticed the disturbance and reportedly had his security remove the musician. As the man was being dragged out, Carter said, "Bye, Felipe," a take on the dismissive farewell "Bye, Felicia," from the 1995 comedy Friday. The musician, a Hispanic, reportedly rushed back into the venue and attacked Carter, also damaging his equipment.
Carter on Saturday morning responded to the incident on Twitter, assuring fans that he is not a racist. “News flash my band consists of three amazing black funk musicians and an Italian guitar player from Italy,” he wrote.
News flash my band consists of three amazing black funk musicians and an Italian guitar player from Italy Simone Stan Petey and p bass https://t.co/u4JQ5t48mO— Aaron Carter (@aaroncarter) February 18, 2017
Authorities are investigating the attack, according to TMZ. Watch the fight below.
A version of this story first appeared on Billboard.com.