Top Five Musician Beatdowns

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Last week, ​Nicki Minaj got into an altercation with a personal assistant, Safaree Samuels
, according to Billboard.

While the two fought in a hotel room in Dallas, Texas, Samuels allegedly shoved a suitcase full of his personal belongings in Minaj's face and hit her in the lower lip after she told him she wanted him to leave the room with nothing.

Minaj tweeted that she would have basically had Samuels' balls in a twist if he actually did that and that the story is made up, but an official incident report was filed despite her insistence that she not "make a report" regarding the ruckus.

"Reporting officers observed slight swelling and redness to [Minaj]'s chin," the report said. "[Minaj's] teeth struck the inside of her lower lip, causing the inside of the lower lip to cut and start to bleed."

Nicki isn't the only musician who's been assaulted though. We've compiled a list of musicians who have had similar experiences. Here are some others have been knocked around, maced, and outright attacked.

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Deryck Whibley

Sum 41 frontman Deryck Whibley attacked at a bar in Japan by three unknown people the night before the band was scheduled to play at the Summer Sonic Festival last summer. Whibley was hospitalized. He suffered a slipped disc in his back as a result of the attack, but still performed at Summer Sonic the next day. Now that's punk rock.

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Leona Lewis

Remember the chick who had that hit "Bleeding Love" back in 2008? A crazed fan punched her in the head at a book signing back in London in 2009. Luckily she didn't require hospitalization. Certain pop stars might make really bad music, but come on, nobody deserves to be hurt like that.

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Rohan Marley

Bob Marley's son Rohan, who is also the father of Lauryn Hill's children, was choked, put in a headlock, and maced by an off-duty police officer in Los Angeles in December 2010. Marley didn't even really do anything wrong. He thought that a security guard was a valet, and the security guard took too much offense to the confusion. It was a simple mistake that he got reprimanded for in a much too intense manner.


You didn't think we'd forget her, did you? It's hard to forget Chris Brown beating and bruising Rihanna at the beginning of 2009. Brown faced two felony assault charges, and rightfully so. Soon after, word got out that Chris had been involved in two more domestic violence issues with Rihanna prior to the big one that we all know about. Eventually he completed his domestic violence program though, and America's opinions of him are still mixed.

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omg you people are so stupid HE NEVER HIT NICKI!!!! you guys need to know that these stories are made up FOR ENTERTAINMENT PURPOSES ONLY!!!!! first of all no man would ever get away with hitting Nicki. what do you guys think this is, ike and tina?? S.B would never hit Nicki and for the last time THAT IS NOT HER BOYFRIEND!!!!!! that is her hypeman/bestfriend/assistant! they've known each other for years!!! that fact the you idiots believe anything the media tells you, shows how stupid and weak minded you are!


Ummm, okay. Thanks for whatever that was. Meanwhile, in real life, there was some mysterious event that led to official reports being filed. That's all the story really said. The article was about confirmed and widely known celebrity altercations. Why is the Phoenix New Times comment section always full of tweakers and glue-sniffers?

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Lenni Rosenblum

Nowhere in this article does it say anything about Safaree Samuels being her boyfriend. If he didn't hit her, there would have been no need for a police report to be filed.

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