Lloyd Banks’ Alleged Assault Victim Describes Beating
A day after Lloyd Banks was released from Canada for allegedly assaulting concert promoter Chris Hines, the victim has spoken to The Toronto Star about what exactly happened last Friday night (January 8) at Brandfort’s Club NV.
According to Hines, the night started off on a bad note. Firstly, the Queens-bred MC started his set off about an hour and a half late and apparently left after only a short performance due to a lackluster response from the crowd.
It was at this point that Hines says Banks returned to his hotel. When Hines went to his own room, he claims to have been confronted by four men. “I never expected what went down to go down,” he told The Toronto Star. “I expected maybe people were angry and I could understand that, but I wasn’t expecting to be hit.”
“After the first punch, it was like, ‘Okay, he’s upset, disrespecting me a little bit, but cool, I’m not going to be stupid,’” he continued. “I sat on my hands to show them like, ‘Hey, I’m not trying to do anything crazy.’ I knew if I fought back there was going to be no winning. When they hit me again, I fell on the floor. Then it really started to hit me, ‘What the F is going on?'”
Hines says that as police showed up to the scene of the crime, the attackers gave him back his jewelry and wallet, and then fled.
The longtime G-Unit promoter has suffered two black eyes and a sore thigh.
“There’s a whole rich story that surrounds the circumstances here that has not surfaced and won’t surface until we get to court,” Banks’ lawyer Patrick Ducharme said.
Banks was released on $50,000 bail on Monday and finally returned back to the U.S. on Wednesday after being detained by Immigration. The other accused men—road manager DJ Shaun McGee and hypeman Tyrell Cooper—went home on Tuesday. Banks’ bodyguard Nicklas Sloane reportedly still in custody.
All four men, charged with forcible confinement, aggravated assault and robbery, have plead innocent. As of press time a court date has yet to be determined. Ducharme believes the case won’t go to trial until next year. —Max G