A masked rapper who allegedly assaulted a TV news reporter on camera has turned himself into police after he went on a Twitter rant blaming the journalist for hitting first, police sources said.
Keyjonta Foster, 23, surrendered to police at a Lower East Side precinct in New York City around 9 p.m. Monday night after video footage showed the masked rapper allegedly ambushing WABC journalist CeFaan Kim during a live broadcast on Friday night, the New York Daily News reported.
Foster is facing a misdemeanor assault charge, police said.
Before he turned himself in, Foster called the incident “an opportunity” to promote his music career.
“I’m not scared to deal with the consequences,” Foster told the New York Post. “They’ll probably interrogate me, ask me what happened. White guys bomb video reporters all the time. A black man tries to get air time and then gets beat up by the reporter. I’m gonna do what I gotta do and seize an opportunity.”
“LMFAO HE ATTACKED ME AND NOW IM WANTED,” Foster wrote under his hip-hop pseudonym, “Majesty Da Rebel.” “THE MEDIA IS COMEDY!!!”
His Twitter posts posted in all caps mentioned Kim, the NYPD, and a Westchester County police chief.
Kim, a U.S. Army Reserve sergeant, was covering an attempted sex assault when he was knocked to the ground. He got back up to confront his attacker before a witness and the station’s photographer broke up the fight.
Foster boasted that he could have done worse in the assault on Instagram.
“COME ON PEOPLE IF I WANTED TO KNOCK HIM OUT IT WOULD OF BEEN SO,” Foster wrote on Instagram.
Foster was wearing a hockey mask, much like the one featured in the movie “Friday the 13th,” when he wrapped his arm around Kim.
He took it off during the attack after the reporter was floored. Foster wore that same mask in a music video called “Jason” uploaded to YouTube Feb. 12.
Police said Foster was arrested three times before. He was arrested once for possessing a knife and the other two arrests have been sealed.