‘These Things Happen’ Rapper G-Eazy Arrested and Charged With Assault in NYC

G-Eazy had an eventful weekend, and not just because he attended the MTV Video Music Awards. Besides his music, the rapper is known for dating a bevy of famous beauties, including Lana Del Ray, Halsey, and Ashley Benson

He was charged with assault after a fight in New York before the awards show. This isn’t the first time the rapper has found himself in legal trouble. Here’s what happened and the charges he has faced in the past. 

Close-up of G-Eazy's face at an event.
G-Eazy | Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic

G-Eazy allegedly assaulted 2 men 

According to Billboard, G-Eazy (whose real name is Gerald Earl Gillum) got into a physical altercation in New York City outside The Standard hotel in Manhattan. The 32-year-old rapper was partying at the Boom Boom Room, a well-known nightclub at The Standard beloved by celebrities. 

He allegedly punched two men in their faces around 1 a.m. on Sept. 11. The two other men did not seek medical treatment at the time of the incident. 

The musician was arrested after the 2021 MTV VMAs 

The law did not catch up with G-Eazy immediately following the altercation. The musician was able to attend the VMAs on Sept. 12 at the Barclay Center in Brooklyn, New York. 

Fans might remember G-Eazy’s VMAs performance from 2016. He performed a mashup of “Make Me…” and “Me, Myself & I” with Britney Spears on the MTV stage. 

Although the rapper did not perform this year, he still made a splash with his fashion choices. He wore a vibrant green jacket over a matching turtleneck, paired with earrings and black dress pants. 

Police arrested G-Eazy the day after the VMAs and two days after the alleged incident on Sept. 13. The rapper received misdemeanor charges and a ticket to appear in court at a later date, according to NBC News. He was not held in custody.

G-Eazy wearing a bright green jacket and matching turtleneck at the 2021 VMAs.
G-Eazy at the 2021 MTV Video Music Awards | Kevin Mazur/MTV VMAs 2021/Getty Images for MTV/ ViacomCBS

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This is not G-Eazy’s first arrest in an assault case

This isn’t the rapper’s first brush with the law, and he was even arrested before on similar charges in similar circumstances. 

In May 2018, G-Eazy was arrested at a Swedish nightclub on charges of assault, drug possession, and resisting arrest, according to Billboard. He pleaded guilty to all three charges and received a $10,000 fine and a probationary sentence. He also made a payment to the bouncer, who was a victim of the assault. 

The musician just announced earlier in September that he has a new album coming out. It will be a sequel to his 2014 album These Things Happen and is titled These Things Happen Too. This arrest is probably not the publicity G-Eazy hoped for to promote his latest work.