He thinks he’ll be able to beat the charges. Brooklyn-based rapper Casanova was involved in a scandal earlier this month after a woman named Niya Rucker accused him and his entourage of a violent assault that allegedly took place at The Good Stuff Diner in NYC. Even though Casanova turned himself in and served time in jail, he has adamantly denied that he or his crew had played any part in the brutal beatdown — and now, in an exclusive sneak peek of Casanova’s first-ever interview on the BAILSTREET podcast, he’s opening up about why he thinks he’ll be found innocent.

“Yeah definitely, I got proof,” the 31-year-old “Get The Strap” rapper told podcast hosts Danny Moses and Ira Judelson. 

The incident allegedly took place at around 4:40  a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 5, according to the local news station Pix11. Rucker said she was at the diner at around the same time that Casanova was with a group of his friends. When the waitress brought Rucker her food, she decided she wanted to show off her meal to her friends using Instagram Live — and a misunderstanding eventually lead to the alleged assault.

“Then all of a sudden I hear, ‘Yo, shorty, take me off your Live,'” Rucker said. “So I turned around and I’m like, ‘Oh you’re not in my Live, you’re not even in the frame.'”

Rucker said that’s when Casanova and his crew allegedly attacked her. One man put her in a chokehold and dragged her out of the booth while Casanova allegedly grabbed her arm, took her phone, and deleted her Instagram Live video. She said after that, she was choked to the point where she went unconscious. She suffered a broken jaw, her tooth was knocked loose, and she also had to get stitches in her face after the alleged assault.

Be sure to catch Casanova’s full interview on the BAILSTREET podcast, dropping on Friday, Aug., 31, at www.bailstreet.com and on ITunes and IHeartRADIO. 

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