Kevin Gates will not perform at Voodoo Fest due to “unforeseen incarceration”

NEW ORLEANS (KLFY/AP) – Voodoo Fest has announced rapper Kevin Gates will not perform at this year’s annual music festival in New Orleans City Park due to an “unforeseen incarceration.”

Gates was scheduled to perform at the festival Friday evening.  The Associated Press reports, Gates was sentenced to 180 days in jail Wednesday after being convicted of kicking a female fan at a Florida concert last year.

A jury in Polk County, Florida found Gates guilty of battery after he was captured on cellphone video kicking 19-year-old Miranda Dixon at Lakeland’s Rumors Nightclub. Gates performed at the nightclub last August.

Dixon, who was in the crowd, testified that she tugged on Gates’ pants twice to get his attention for her friend, according to The Associated Press.

She says, after the second time, Gates kicked her so hard that she fell back and passed out.

Jose Baez, Gates’ attorney, argued his client was battered by the woman before Gates kicked her and that Dixon has a financial motive in the case, saying that she had a civil lawyer.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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