XXXTentacion dead – shocking moment rapper beats woman in Snapchat video as it is revealed he was facing 15 charges including battering his pregnant girlfriend
The Snapchat clip resurfaced after the 20-year-old was shot dead in Miami, Florida, on Monday after leaving a motorcycle dealership.
Videos of what appeared to be the rapper slumped in the driver seat had been circulating on social media.
But a shocking video of what appears to be XXXTentacion, real name Jahseh Dwayne Onfroy, punching a woman with some force in the head has resurfaced online today.
In the clip, he stands behind the dancing woman and strikes her. It is unclear who the victim is.
Prosecutors had examined the clip and charged the artist with a number of offences, reports say.
And it has now emerged he was facing trial for the aggravated battery of his pregnant girlfriend, domestic battery by strangulation, false imprisonment, and witness tampering.
XXXTentacion denied all 15 charges against him.
But his lawyers, J David Bogenscutz and Jaclyn Broudy, said in a statement that the video was "taken completely in jest".
Speaking last year, the lawyers said: "The actors in this video are obviously friends, and also obviously acting in jest. You should also be aware that we are advised that the woman in the video has been located and has admitted that activity depicted was a 'joke' and not an 'assault'."
His ex-girlfriend Geneva Ayala, who the star also allegedly assaulted, paid tribute to the 20-year-old on Instagram after he died.
But it is reported she has now received a flood of donations to help fund surgery to repair injuries XXXTentacion allegedly caused.
Within minutes of the news of the singer's death, Geneva had more than $1,000 (£760) donated by hundreds of fans on her GoFundMe page.
XXXTentacion is said to have beaten her so severely in 2016 that it caused two black eyes and a damaged optic nerve.
She now needs surgery on her eye, said to cost more than $25,000 (£19,000).
Police in Miami continue to investigate the rapper's murder and are orffering a $3,000 (£2,300) bounty.
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