Dwayne Michael Carter Jr., known professionally as Lil Wayne, is embroiled in a legal battle with a former bodyguard who alleges the renowned rapper assaulted him with a firearm. The incident, which reportedly occurred at Wayne's Hidden Hills residence in California two years ago, has escalated into a lawsuit accusing the artist of assault, battery, and causing emotional distress.
The plaintiff, Carlos Christian, detailed in legal documents that a dispute with Wayne in 2021 escalated when the rapper, allegedly still agitated, confronted him with an assault rifle. TMZ, the first to report the incident, mentioned that Wayne suspected Christian of leaking his photos to the press.
Following the confrontation, Christian claims he left the premises and promptly reported the incident to the authorities.
Wayne's Legal Paradox
In a remarkable twist, Wayne's representatives have refuted the allegations, asserting that the rapper does not possess a firearm.
This statement comes despite Wayne's documented history with gun-related legal issues, including a 2009 charge for possessing a .40-caliber Springfield Armory semi-automatic on his tour bus. Wayne subsequently served a year in prison after pleading guilty to attempted criminal possession of a weapon.
Additionally, in December 2020, Wayne faced federal gun charges in Florida after a gold-plated gun was found on his private jet. In a high-profile move, former President Donald Trump commuted his sentence, acknowledging Wayne's potential contributions to his community and the arts.
The lawsuit, which highlights Wayne's status as a convicted felon with prior firearm offenses, paints a troubling picture of the encounter. Christian alleges that Wayne not only brandished the weapon but physically assaulted him, causing both physical and emotional harm.
The ex-bodyguard claims this incident led to medical expenses, lost wages, reduced earning capacity, and severe post-traumatic stress disorder, necessitating mental health treatment. As the lawsuit unfolds, key details, such as the amount of damages Christian is seeking and his reasons for initiating legal action two years post-incident, remain undisclosed.
Wayne, famed for hits like "Lollipop" and "A Milli," now faces another challenging chapter in his storied career, balancing his artistic pursuits with mounting legal pressures.