Kentrell DeSean Gaulden

Kentrell DeSean Gaulden (Photo from Leon County Sheriff's Office)

Rap artist NBA Youngboy, who has been arrested twice since being put on three years’ probation in August 2017 for a Baton Rouge shooting, is now being accused by a New Orleans man of taking part in a “violent attack” in South Carolina in December.

Carl Capers claims in a lawsuit that he was working as a disc jockey and in tour management for Baton Rouge native Kentrell Gaulden, who performs under the name NBA Youngboy, and another rapper at a Dec. 21 show in Florence, South Carolina, when both men punched and kicked him.

Capers alleges he suffered a cracked tooth, bloody face and injuries to his reputation within the entertainment industry. He is seeking damages.

The suit was filed Monday against Gaulden and Tyquian Bowman, who performs under the name Quando Rondo, in 19th Judicial District Court in Baton Rouge.

Lawyer James Manasseh, who represents Gaulden in his criminal case in Baton Rouge, said Wednesday he had not heard of the alleged December incident or the lawsuit but would look into them.

The suit, which has been assigned to state District Judge Chip Moore, says the December performance by Gaulden and Bowman at the Florence Center in South Carolina abruptly ended “due to various reasons, one being an altercation/fight” between Gaulden and a member of the audience. Both rappers, Capers and other members of the singers’ management group and entourage were escorted backstage, the suit states.

According to the lawsuit, Bowman demanded that Capers go back to where the fights were still going on and secure a member of Bowman’s entourage. An “unprovoked” Bowman then violently attacked Capers with punches to his head and body, the suit alleges. As Bowman continued to violently attack Capers, Gaulden joined Bowman in the attack, the suit adds.

“Even as Mr. Capers was on the ground and trying to reason with both his attackers to avoid further escalation of things, Kentrell Gaulden and Tyquian Bowman continued to violently attack Mr. Capers with the artists punching and kicking Mr. Capers in his face and other parts of his body,” the lawsuit says.

Gaulden, 19, pleaded guilty to aggravated assault with a firearm in a nonfatal 2016 drive-by shooting on Kentucky Street, and was given a suspended 10-year prison sentence and put on probation for three years in 2017.

He has been arrested twice since then: In February 2018 in Florida on a fugitive warrant from Georgia on domestic violence-related kidnapping and assault charges, and then last month in Georgia on disorderly conduct, drug and other charges in an incident involving the housekeeping staff at an Atlanta hotel.

East Baton Rouge Parish prosecutors are again asking state District Judge Bonnie Jackson to revoke Gaulden's probation and send him to prison. Their latest request came after last month's arrest. The judge chose not to revoke his probation after his 2018 arrest.

Jackson is scheduled to review Gaulden's probation May 17.


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