Joey Bada$$'s down under tour will continue. Despite a reported arrest over the weekend on an assault charge, the 19-year-old Brooklyn rapper will be allowed to perform his scheduled upcoming gigs in New Zealand.
According to reports, the "Christ Conscious" MC was charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm after an incident in which he allegedly punched a security guard in the nose backstage after being stopped for a credential check.
According to Billboard, the assault charge won't result in New Zealand authorities revoking the rapper's visa for his upcoming gigs in the country.
Immigration New Zealand spokeswoman Rachel Purdom said because Bada$$ (born Jo-Vaughn Virginie Scott) has not been convicted of any crime, he still meets the nation's good-character standard.
"Joey can confirm that there was a misunderstanding with security at the Byron Falls Festival show, which resulted in charges being laid," Joey's spokesperson, Bradley Bledsoe, said in a statement. "After fully cooperating with police, Joey was granted bail and entered a plea of not guilty to the charge." Joey spent a night in police custody and was released on unconditional bail; if convicted, he could face up five years in prison.
Joey's clearly ready to roll.