Fans were divided after watching a viral video showing rapper Busta Rhymes hurling a drink at a female fan who physically invaded his private space by grabbing his butt.
Rhymes was walking with a group of men who appeared to be his entourage at an undisclosed indoor location when a woman calmly approached the rapper from behind and quickly goosed him.
His knee-jerk reaction to being violated was chucking the liquid contents of a beverage bottle in the direction of the offender who by that point had backed away after her stealth groping.
Online responses to the video–which was watched over three million times–sparked a lively debate from social media users who questioned whose behavior from the interaction was more inappropriate.
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Some Twitter users thought the woman should never have physically harassed him in the first place.
They also thought the consequences would have been swift had the genders in the scenario been reversed.
Users also called out the double standard in a situation that typically favors victims of such harassment, not the perpetrator.
And some people questioned the existence of a debate at all.
The Shade Room identified the woman as Nikita Mathis, the owner of Platinum Plus Fashions Boutique.
Mathis shared her side of the story, claiming her action was an honest mistake.
She said she just wanted to grab his attention for a photo op.
"I didn’t mean to touch his behind honestly I was just happy to meet him and wanted a pic been a long time fan I admit I shouldn’t have touch him at all but he’s BUSTA."
"I felt like I could possibly get a pic…"
Rhymes recently performed at the 2023 Grammys, where the 50-year-old performed in a celebration honoring the 50th anniversary of the birth of hip-hop.
Interestingly, the song he performed alongside Spliff Star that night was, “Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Could See."
Well, that should've been the first clue for Mathis.