Too $hort Replies To Arrest Reports; Due In Court In August
Oakland, California rapper Too $hort will appear in court August 4th to answer three misdemeanor assault charges stemming from an altercation backstage at the Knitting Factory in Boise, Idaho last week.
Too $hort and an associate were arrested on July 15th, for allegedly punching and kicking several employees of The Knitting Factory, after they allegedly refused to admit two 18-year-old women backstage during a concert.
"The accusations against me regarding my arrest in Idaho on July 15th, were untrue and exaggerated,” Too $hort said in a statement released earlier today. “Normally I would ignore rumors, but because of the nature of the story that's being spread I had to say something.”
Too $hort, born Todd Shaw, admitted his raunchy lyrics may have cast him in a negative light, but took offense to reports that the women involved in the altercation were “under age girls.”
“Due to my work with young people in Oakland I am extremely outraged at the way I am being portrayed,” Too $hort stated. “The incident that night was completely taken out of context and I have not and never will take advantage of any woman that is under age. Never that!
Too $hort said that he was outraged at the way his arrest was being portrayed in the media, especially in light of his community work, most notably with the renowned East Oakland community center, Youth UpRising.
“Due to my work with young people in Oakland I am extremely outraged at the way I am being portrayed. The incident that night was completely taken out of context and I have not and never will take advantage of any woman that is under age. Never that!”
“These days people believe everything that they see on TV and these blogs,” Too $hort continued. “I have been dedicated to youth organizations and wish to continue to support them and I do not want my community and especially young people that look up to me to think that this is the type of thing that I would do."