Travis Scott, the 30-year-old rapper and record producer who recently split from Kylie Jenner, is wanted by the NYPD in connection with a confrontation at a Manhattan nightclub early Wednesday that involved a punch and thousands of dollars in damage, authorities said.
The rapper, whose real name is Jacques Bermon Webster II, allegedly got into an argument with a sound engineer at Club Nebula on 41st Street around 3:30 a.m., police sources told NBC New York.
The situation escalated, with Scott allegedly punching the engineer on the left side of the face with a closed fist, the engineer told police. He had no visible injuries at the time he filed the report, nor did he complain of pain at the time, the NYPD sources said.
After the alleged blow, Scott purportedly caused $12,000 in damage to a speaker and video screen before leaving the venue, they added. He was last seen leaving in an unknown vehicle.
Video surveillance is expected to be retrieved at some point, though it hadn’t happened by mid-morning Wednesday.
Scott had appeared at Irving Plaza during Don Toliver’s show the previous night.
The NYPD is looking for him on assault and criminal mischief charges, police said. Investigators spoke with the alleged victim on Wednesday; the man did not open the door to speak with NBC New York after he was interviewed by police.
Scott’s management team said in a statement to NBC News that “there have been discussions with the venue who confirm this was a simple misunderstanding that was resolved in minutes,” adding “Travis and our team already working with law enforcement to resolve and get to the truth.”
The owner of Club Nebula said in a statement that “this is blown completely out of proportion. It was a great night.” The owner also posted Instagram video showing Scott on stage Tuesday night, after performing for fans at Irving Plaza.
Regardless, police sources said there is an active investigation alleging assault and harassment.
Also a singer-songwriter, Scott made global headlines in 2021 after a stampede at his Astroworld Festival killed 10 people. He launched Project HEAL in its aftermath to help victims.
Around 400 lawsuits were filed against Scott, Live Nation, and other parties associated with Astroworld by attendees and families. The suits were later consolidated into a single civil case, which encompassed nearly 2,800 victims, all alleging negligence. Despite the claims, both Scott and Live Nation have adamantly denied any wrongdoing or culpability.
He started dating Jenner in April 2017. They have two children together, but announced earlier this year that they had called it quits — again.
Gil Fried, a crowd management expert and professor at the University of West Florida, breaks down how things went so wrong with Astroworld.
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