Rapper Immortal Technique was arrested on Thursday (March 26) in Santa Ana, Calif., on suspicion of assaulting and robbing street vendors who were allegedly bootlegging T-shirts with his namesake.
According to a local police report, the 37-year-old indie rap star (real name: Felipe Andres Coronel) was arrested, alongside tour manager Steven McDaniel, on the aforementioned charges and attempting to dissuade a witness.
Apparently, both were among around a dozen people who confronted street vendors outside The Observatory convert venue.
“The group confronted them over a dispute that the group was not receiving any money from the sales of the T-shirts,” police said in a statement to the Los Angeles Times. “The victims stated they were beaten and had their T-shirts, cash and cellphones forcibly taken from them.”
Both Immortal Technique and McDaniel were released after posting $50,000 bail.
“I am going to take the opportunity to make an official statement very soon,” the rapper wrote on Twitter. “One thing I will say is that I believe this convoluted media hype was instrumental in bringing several people whom I love and lost touch with back in my life. I appreciate the thousands of messages of support. I am humbled beyond belief. I look forward to finishing this sold out tour and setting things straight. Thank you & God Bless.”
Immortal Technique was at The Observatory for a show, alongside Talib Kweli.