Aaron Carter was attacked during a performance at The Looney Bin in Bradly, Illinois Friday night. TMZ claims the fight was started after another musician thought he used a racist slur. Carter said he was hospitalized after the fight and wrote on Twitter that he did nothing wrong.
Video of the incident first surfaced on TMZ, and it was later posted on YouTube by ILL State, the band that opened for Carter. The group called their posting of the video “Ill State Deals With Aaron Carter’s Racism,” so they clearly thought Carter was being racist.
An eyewitness told TMZ that Carter asked security to remove a Hispanic musician from the venue. As the man was taken out, the 29-year-old Carter said “Bye Felipe,” a take on “Bye Felicia.” TMZ reports that the guy then came back in and allegedly attacked Carter.
A fight in the club started and Carter was taken to the hospital. Police are investigating the incident.
According to the Daily Journal in Illinois, Nick Huffman, the owner of the Looney Bin, said that Carter complained about a “last-minute stand-in,” who was a member of ILL State.
Huffman told the Daily Journal that the man did something that appeared to annoy Carter, and he asked security to remove the man. Then, another member of the band pushed Carter down. By the time he gets back up, more people are on the stage. The man who was originally asked to leave comes back into view.
Carter took to Twitter to interact with fans and announce that another show in Bradley, Illinois had to be cancelled. Carter wrote that he is not racist and that he didn’t get beat up.
“I didn’t get beat up I got a hit and pushed when I wasn’t looking and they ran out the club and I stood on the speakers waiting for them?” Carter wrote in one tweet.
Carter wrote that he is “still standing” and was checked out of the hospital.
Carter retweeted messages of support and also pinned a message stating that police are investigating the incident.
Here’s what ILL State wrote on YouTube. They clearly thought Carter meant to be racist.
Last night, after a successful collaboration between Ill State and The Strips at a a show where Aaron Carter was performing in Bradley, Illinois, a fight broke out due to a racist comment from Aaron Carter. While Carter was performing, one of the Ill State members was in the crowd at the front of the stage enjoying the show. As he was conversing with friends Carter decided to comment on the lack of attention to him. Carter continued with a cocky attitude and continued it by telling him to leave and saying, “Bye Felipe”. Carter’s disrespectful and racist comment caused an up roar. Watch for yourself.
Many of Carter’s fans linked to the Urban Dictionary definition of “Bye Felipe.” The phrase is supposed to be said to “a random dude that nobody is sad to see go.” It’s the male version of the phrase “Bye Felicia.”
Carter is best known as the brother of Backstreet Boys singer Nick Carter and for his successful 2000 album Aaron’s Party (Come and Get It). Although Carter hasn’t released a full-length studio album since 2002, he continues to record. Earlier this month, he released an EP called LøVë.