Rapper Gucci Mane is wanted by Atlanta police for the alleged assault of a soldier at a night club.
Police say Gucci Mane, whose real name is Radric Davis, smashed a champagne bottle over the unidentified soldier's head after the soldier asked for a picture at a club called Harlem Nights, reports ABC News.
The soldier said he was in the club's VIP area when he tried to strike up a conversation with Gucci Mane. He claims that the rapper struck him in the head with a champagne bottle, causing severe lacerations. The soldier had been celebrating his birthday at the club, and had just returned to Georgia after a deployment to Afghanistan last year.
To prove assault, prosecutors will generally have to prove that Gucci Mane acted intentionally and unlawfully contacted the soldier. However, just because the soldier claimed that the rapper assaulted him, this does not mean that the rapper will be convicted.
There are several potential defenses to an assault charge. For example, Gucci Mane may try to claim that he was acting in self-defense, or that the smashing of the bottle was an accident.
For example, while the soldier claimed that he was merely trying to get a picture with Gucci Mane, the rapper may counter that the soldier threatened him or took some other action that showed an intent to commit harm; if so, then the rapper's hitting him with the bottle may have been justified.
Or the rapper may claim that he'd simply swung the bottle without realizing the soldier was in the way. Without an intent to strike the soldier, Gucci Mane could potentially be exonerated of the assault charges, though he could face reckless endangerment or some lesser charge.
So far we have only heard one side of the story of Gucci Mane's alleged assault on a soldier at an Atlanta night club. A representative for the rapper did not immediately respond to local media requests for comment.