On April 26, 2019 Officer S. Moore of the Sandy Springs Police Department responded to a residential address in Sandy Springs, Georgia, in reference to an incident involving damage to property… and Migos rapper Offset.
“Upon arrival I met with Junior Gibbons and his family. Gibbons was at the Target in the Prado shopping center when he spotted celebrity rapper Kiari Cephus, know as “Offset”, member of the rap group Migos. Gibbons took out his camera phone and put it on selfie mode in order to get he and Cephus in the view frame, walking behind him. Cephus saw him filming and walked up to him and slapped the phone out of Gibbons`s hand. The phone was an Apple iPhone 8 and valued at $800.00. The phone landed on the ground and it shattered the screen.”
“Because it was done intentionally Gibbons is seeking reimbursement to at least cover the replacement of the phone. I advised he would have to pursue him through the civil courts to seek monetary compensation. However, I would send over the information and video footage of the incident to bring forth criminal charges. I was able to view a video of the incident and it does clearly show the suspect Cephus knocking the phone out of Gibbon`s hand. Gibbons also included a photograph of the damaged phone. The video and photo will be attached to the file for investigative review. Mr. Gibbons was given a case number on this date.”
Perhaps the most remarkable part of this incident is the phone call with TMZ. Look anywhere online and you’ll find speculative comments stating that TMZ pays enormous amounts of money for celebrity footage. While that may be the case in certain instances, this body worn camera video is revealing. It seems fairly clear that as part of negotiations, the rights holder in this case managed to get TMZ to pay a whopping $150 for the video plus photo of the broken phone.
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