Detroit police are investigating an altercation that occurred in the men's bathroom of a strip club on the city's west side that allegedly involved Eminem.
According to a police spokesperson, detectives are "very interested" in speaking with the rapper about the incident, which unfolded early Thursday morning inside the Cheetah strip club, located on the road Em's music and film helped bring to worldwide fame: 8 Mile.
The spokesperson said police merely want to discuss the matter with Em, as well as the alleged victim and anyone else who may have been involved — but they do not, at this point, have any suspects in the alleged assault.
The Detroit Free Press reported that the fight started at around 1:15 a.m. Thursday, when a 48-year-old Royal Oak, Michigan, man — the alleged victim — claims he was assaulted in the strip club's bathroom. Local ABC News affiliate WXYZ identified the victim simply as Miad J., but police would not release the names of individuals who may have been involved. Miad J. told the news station that Eminem punched him in the face four or five times.
The victim told WXYZ that he was using a urinal next to Eminem when another man entered the bathroom and struck up a conversation with the rapper. At that point, Miad J. said that one of Em's bodyguards warned the man to keep quiet. Miad J. said he told the bodyguard to relax, and when "Eminem got done ... he started swinging," he told WXYZ. "I wasn't even expecting it. I was just minding my own business."
A spokesperson for Cheetah told the Free Press that a fight had occurred inside the club and that Eminem was involved, but declined further comment.
A spokesperson for Eminem's label, Interscope Records, declined MTV News' requests for comment on the situation.
According to the Free Press, police claim the assailants fled the club in a vehicle, and that a third suspect — riding in the same car — brandished a firearm, but that he did not point it at anyone outside the club.
Miad J. sustained minor injuries to the side of his face, WXYZ reported. Miad J. said the club's bouncers intervened, and tossed Eminem's bodyguards out of the club. Witnesses reported seeing Eminem inside the Cheetah the evening of the alleged assault.
The incident is the latest in a series of legal issues connected with Eminem this year, including the shooting death of his D12 bandmate and longtime friend Proof (see "Eminem Breaks Silence On Proof; Rapper's Lawyer Denies He Shot First") and his second divorce from wife Kim ("Eminem Files For Divorce From Kim — Again").