Tyga has a knack for making headlines as Hollywood tabloid fodder more often than with his music, but this latest development is different and more worrisome. His team, not the rapper himself, is being accused of assaulting one of the three members of DJ group Cash Cash before their set on the spring break cruise Inception at Sea over the weekend.
Dance-trio Cash Cash, who put out the mildly successful track "Take Me Home" and have collaborated with B.o.B, Neon Hitch, Tritonal and Busta Rhymes among others, claim that members of Tyga's team physically assaulted both Samuel Frisch and Jean Paul Makhlouf, who sustained some serious injuries.
The incident happened prior to the duo's set at sea on March 11.
According to a statement given to Billboard, Makhlouf suffered a concussion, injured a kidney and received bruises on his head and body during the altercation.
"One member of Tyga's touring crew hit Jean Paul Makhlouf of Cash Cash in the face following a verbal altercation when Tyga's crew refused to leave the stage after the promoter called Cash Cash to start their already delayed set. [Tyga had postponed his 12:30-1am set to 1:45-2:35am overlapping with the set time of Cash Cash on the same stage.] A Tyga crew member was then filmed kicking Jean Paul in the ribs, while another Tyga crew member slammed him to the ground, punching and kicking his head and body while on top of him. Samuel Frisch was also shoved during the scene. Cash Cash was unable to perform their set and Makhlouf was also forced to miss their following show to recover from the incident."
They shared the news on social media, including a photo of Makhlouf of his alleged injuries from the incident. They promise a video is coming soon of what happened.
Videos are coming so you can see how barbaric and uncivilized some people can be... pic.twitter.com/6pp4RTT4a8
— Cash Cash (@cashcash) March 13, 2016
Tyga's team denies wrongdoing and say they were just responding to Cash Cash breaking DJ SB's (Tyga's touring DJ) laptop.
"Tyga was not at all involved in any altercation and was completely unaware of the events until the next day. While details are still unclear, we were told one of the members of Cash Cash broke DJ SB's laptop and security stepped in," a Tyga rep told Billboard. "They were interviewed by cruise security and Bahamian local authorities. No charges were filed."