Kentrell Gaulden (left) and Starr Thigpen
Photo: Channel 2 Action News
Photo: Channel 2 Action News

Rapper YoungBoy, woman arrested at Atlanta hotel on disorderly conduct charges

Louisiana rapper YoungBoy Never Broke Again was arrested Monday in northwest Atlanta after allegedly encouraging a woman he was with in a hotel room to punch a housekeeper in the face, authorities said.

Kentrell Gaulden, better known as NBA YoungBoy, was arrested along with Starr Thigpen at the Hyatt House at 431 Marietta Street around 12:15 p.m., Atlanta police said in a news release.

NBA YoungBoy performs at the Lil' WeezyAna Fest at Champions Square on Friday, Aug. 25, 2017, in New Orleans.
Photo: Amy Harris / Invision / AP

After housekeeping staff entered the room, which they thought was unoccupied, Gaulden is accused of telling Thigpen to get the staff out of the room, the release said. She then allegedly punched a staff member in the face, and the fight continued into the hallway.

The staff member eventually ran away and called for help.

Both Gaulden, 19, and Thigpen were charged with two counts of disorderly conduct and possession of less than an ounce of marijuana, the release said.

They were taken to the City of Atlanta Jail.

Gaulden, whose known for his Billboard Hot 100 charting single “Outside Today,” has had run-ins with the law before. In early 2017, he was arrested on two counts of attempted first-degree murder, according to the Baton Rouge Advocate. He later pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of aggravated assault with a firearm.

During his August 2017 sentencing, where he received a suspended 10-year prison term and was put on active supervised probation for three years, East Baton Rouge Parish Assistant District Attorney April Leon called him “a threat to society and the safety of others,” according to court documents obtained by the newspaper.

In February 2018, he was arrested in Tallahassee, Fla., after being wanted in connection with a domestic-related kidnapping in Waycross, The Associated Press reported. This incident prompted a judge did add conditions to his probation, the Advocate reported. 

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