An early morning fight with his girlfriend in a Baton Rouge hotel landed rapper Webster "Webbie" Gradney Jr. in Parish Prison on Wednesday after he allegedly strangled her, fractured her nose and left belt marks up and down her thighs and back.
The victim claimed Gradney held her against her will for about two hours and had been consuming marijuana and cocaine for the two previous days, not sleeping at all, according to the arrest report.
After the fight, both Gradney and the victim visited a local hospital, but Gradney was not seriously injured, said Sgt. L’Jean “Gino” McKneely, a spokesman for Baton Rouge Police.
“It wasn’t anything major,” McKneely said of Gradney's condition. “He was treated and released.”
Chantelle Gilbeaux, a public relations representative for Gradney, said no drugs were found in the hotel room or his vehicle.
"He is not on cocaine," she said, adding that the woman had been "acting erratically" that night. Gilbeaux said she was present at the hotel room and was injured by the woman.
The police did not speak to any of the other witnesses, she said.
Gradney, a native of Baton Rouge, currently resides in Atlanta. The victim told police she has been living with Gradney in Atlanta for the past 11 months, and that the two came to Baton Rouge for the July Fourth weekend, accompanied by members of his entourage.
According to the arrest warrant, Baton Rouge police were called to the Comfort Inn, 4924 Constitution Ave., at 6:26 a.m. Wednesday. The victim told police Gradney beat her in the head, neck, arms, legs and back, alternately with a closed and open fist, as well as a belt. At one point, he pinned her to the ground with his knees in her throat until she couldn’t breathe for several seconds, according to the warrant. Her fractured nose left her coughing and spitting up blood, the report says.
Gradney also stole her cellphone and damaged the hotel room where they were staying, according to the warrant.
Gradney, 31, was booked on counts of aggravated battery with a dangerous weapon, second-degree battery, domestic abuse by strangulation, false imprisonment, theft and simple criminal damage to property. He remained in Parish Prison early Wednesday night.
The two battery counts as well as the domestic abuse counts are all felonies, McKneely said.
In 2012, Gradney was arrested on counts of simple battery and simple robbery, accused of robbing a woman and kicking her down two flights of stairs at a Baton Rouge hotel, court records show.
In 2008, he was arrested after a high-speed police chase in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, on counts of felony eluding, driving under the influence, and misdemeanor possession of marijuana.
Gradney’ first studio album, "Savage Life," debuted at No. 8 in 2005 on the Billboard 200 Top Albums chart. The lead single from that album, "Give Me That," was a Top 10 hit on the national rap and R&B charts.
Gradney has worked many times with Torence "Lil Boosie" Hatch, another popular Baton Rouge rapper who is now known as Boosie BadAzz.
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