Rapper Playboi Carti was arrested in Georgia for allegedly choking his girlfriend, who was 14 weeks pregnant at the time of the incident. According to an affidavit obtained by TMZ, the woman said that Playboi Carti, whose real name is Jordan Carter, grabbed her by the neck, pushed her, and held her neck until she could barely breathe, prompting her to believe she would die. She also reported that he was angered by a paternity test discussion about their unborn child, which sparked the argument that led to the physical confrontation.
Playboi Carti and his girlfriend had been in a relationship for two years and had been living together since July 2022. She stated that after the physical confrontation began, a witness attempted to intervene, but Playboi Carti resumed his attack when she fled to her car. She also said that he tried to pull her out of the vehicle, and covered her mouth when she attempted to call for help via the car's SOS feature. When police arrived, the woman reportedly had visible injuries to her chest, neck, and back.
Playboi Carti was arrested and charged with felony aggravated assault. His attorney, Brian Steel, told TMZ that Mr. Carter was falsely accused and that the case will be dismissed without any prosecution or litigation. Steel did not provide any further details.
Playboi Carti is a well-known rapper and songwriter who rose to fame in 2017 with his self-titled mixtape. His debut studio album, Die Lit, was released in 2018 and peaked at number three on the US Billboard 200. In December 2020, he released his second studio album, Whole Lotta Red, which debuted at number one on the Billboard 200.
Cases of domestic violence continue to plague the music industry, with many prominent musicians being accused of such crimes in recent years. The music industry has faced criticism for its lack of response to domestic violence allegations, with many calling for more to be done to hold musicians accountable for their actions.
The incident involving Playboi Carti's arrest underscores the importance of seeking help and support if one is in an abusive relationship. Victims of domestic violence are urged to reach out to local shelters, hotlines, or organizations that provide counseling services and legal support. The National Domestic Violence Hotline is available 24/7 and can be reached at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233).