Word on the curb is that comedian Mike Epps beat up an Atlanta-area funny man for ragging on his drug use.
A local stand-up comic by the name of Lavar Walker was allegedly beat up by Epps and his crew outside of Atlanta’s Uptown Comedy Corner last Saturday (May 31, 2014).
Walker had recently posted an instagram video where he spoofed Epps’ beef with comic Kevin Hart. He appears in the video with white powder on his nose, an apparent jab at rumors of Epp’s cocaine use and the funny man and his friends didn’t think it was so funny.
Video + more details below…
A source told Rodney Ho of the AJC that Epps, in town shooting a Starz TV comedy ‘Survivor’s Remorse,” saw the parody online, heard Walker was at the club and went there to confront him.
On the Instagram video below, you can see Lavar Walker parody a social media war of words between Mike Epps and another nationally known comedian, Kevin Hart. That video is what many say sparked the beating that landed Walker in Grady Memorial hospital.
According to Walker’s lawyer, Chris Stewart, said Mike Epps didn’t like the parody and came after Walker with his entourage at the comedy club.
“He was told Mr. Epps wanted to see him outside,” Stewart told Channel 2’s Diana Davis.
Minutes later, Stewart said Epps had two of his associates beat up Walker in a parking lot.
“That’s not funny and for this to all happen over that Instagram joke is ridiculous,” Stewart said
According to WSB-TV’s news report:
Another local comedian said he saw what happened.
“I was shocked by it all to go down like that, especially with Mike Epps who’s supposed to be a superstar. Why would he get involved in something?” Bo Micadelic said.
Witnesses say Walker never knew what hit him. When Walker walked out of the door, Micadelic claims one of Epps’ bodyguards cold cocked him in the face and when he was down, kicked him in the head. He said Walker never fought back.
The police report does not identify the two men who allegedly beat Walker. It also says Epps drove off. Micadelic said Epps taunted Walker as Walker was calling 911.
“And Mike Epps walked back out the deck, looked at Lavar and said, ‘Are you going to call the police now?’ And then he said, ‘Don’t make any more videos of me.’”
Walker was not available to speak on camera, but his lawyers said they’ll pursue criminal charges against Epps and file a civil suit.
“This type of violence over silly things like a joke video has to stop and people have to be held accountable for it,” Stewart said.
While there has been no ‘official’ word from the Epps camp, he has responded on twitter, stating:
It’s real out there in the field!