Last summer, Kevin Gates found himself in hot water after he’d kicked a female fan in the front row who was grabbing on him while he was performing at a show.

The woman sued him over the incident, and now the rapper has officially filed his response. In his documents, Gates says he was acting in self-defense and should be pardoned under Florida’s “Stand Your Ground Law.” He explains that the victim, Miranda Dixon, tried to grab him twice, and since he warned her after her first attempt, he was allowed to fight back after her second.

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Gates says Dixon managed to grab his shorts the second time, and he thought she was trying to pull him offstage, so he used necessary force to defend himself and prevent further harm. He is asking the judge to throw out the case. They have yet to rule.

Source: TMZ