Busta Rhymes Arrested, Charged With Assault for Throwing Protein Drink in NYC Gym Fight

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Busta Rhymes was arrested and charged with assault on Wednesday, Aug. 5, after throwing a protein drink during a fight in an NYC gym: "Busta splashed water on him and the employee threw water back," one eyewitness said. Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)

Bustin' out… the protein powder. "Dangerous" rapper Busta Rhymes was arrested and charged with assault on Wednesday, Aug. 5, after getting into a fight at a gym in NYC.

Rhymes (nee Trevor Tahiem Smith Jr.) — who's known for his hits like "Gimme Some More" has been accused of throwing a protein drink at an employee who worked at Steel Gym in Manhattan's Chelsea nabe. A New York Police Department spokesperson told Us Weekly that Rhymes and the employee were already arguing about something when their interaction turned physical.

Police said Rhymes, 43, supposedly threw a cardboard container of Lean Body Protein at the worker and hit him in the face. Police told Us that the victim had a laceration to his head. 

Eyewitnesses told the New York Daily News that the altercation began when Rhymes attempted to bring a cameraman into the facility so that he could have his workout routine recorded. The employee, however, would not let the video person inside the gym.

“Things got heated. Busta splashed water on him and the employee threw water back," one eyewitness, Sean Aird, told the paper. "Busta’s security got between them. The cops came and (the employee) kept changing his story."

Another employee at the gym told the paper that Busta's beef with someone at the gym was nothing new. "This has been going on for a long time," the colleague said.

Police confirmed to Us that Rhymes "had an ongoing dispute with a patron at the gym." 

"As we know, the patron, Trevor Tahiem Smith Jr., was arrested," police added.

“It’s stupid,” Rhymes told the Daily News after he was released early Thursday morning of the incident. His lawyer added, “It’s ridiculous, it was literally a bottle of Muscle Milk."

Rhymes also thanked his fans for their support after he was released. "Thanks to everyone who helped expedite this evening for me," he wrote on Instagram. I'm good and we're back to the grind. Heading 2 the studio 2 turn the bulls— into GREATNESS. I'm super good."

The Brooklyn-raised rapper attended the George Westinghouse Career and Technical Education High School with some of hip-hop's biggest names, including Jay Z, DMX, and the late Biggie.

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