Troy Ave's attorney: bodyguard died a hero

Rapper Troy Ave's lawyer criticized the NYPD.

- One week after the shooting inside Irving Plaza the fallout continues. The music venue canceled several rap concerts in the wake of the violence. Also, Troy Ave's attorney is criticizing the NYPD's handling of the shooting investigation.

The concert for the rock group Train went on as scheduled Wednesday night, with visible security. But Thursday night's concert with up and coming hip hop artist Joey Badass was cancelled, as were others over the weekend.

Some are blaming jitters after the wild shootout that killed Troy bodyguard Ronald McPhatter and wounded three others. Rapper Troy Ave -- real name Roland Collins -- is charged with attempted murder.

But in an exclusive interview, attorney Scott Leemon says the NYPD has it all wrong. He says his client did not shoot himself and did not shoot McPhatter and that the police know that. Leemon says McPhatter died a hero.

Joey Badass tweeted out "So NYPD cancelled my show at Irving Plaza tomorrow FYI" and then later deleted it. The NYPD says it was not involved in any cancellation.

An Irving Plaza spokesperson said the venue postponed other shows over the weekend as it coordinates a strategy, also at Gramercy Theater. Not all the shows were hip hop artists. Heavy metal concerts were also cancelled.

We reached out to the NYPD for a response to the attorney's comments, but police have not gotten back to us.

 App Store Get it on Google Play

  • Popular

  • Recent

Stories you may be interested in - includes Advertiser Stories