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R&B Star Monica Stops Show To Confront Man 'Punching' Woman At Concert

24 July 2023 | 4:45 pm | Jessie Lynch

"You don’t hit no fuckin’ lady like that."


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R&B singer Monica - best known for her ‘90s banger The Boy Is Mine - has gone viral after she jumped into the crowd during her own show to confront a man allegedly punching a woman.

In a truly epic case of “fuck around and find out”, one man found out the hard way that Monica isn’t about to let violence go down at one of her shows.

In videos circulating on social media of her performance at Detroit’s new Riverfront Music Festival on Saturday night (July 22), the Letters singer stops the show to berate a member of the audience she witnessed hitting a woman in the crowd.

"Don't you hit her like that," Monica said, as she asked the alleged perpetrator to leave the show immediately.

She then jumped into the crowd to confront the man, saying, “You don’t hit no fuckin’ lady like that,” before he was ejected to cheers from the crowd.

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Ever the pro, she then returned to the stage and apologised to her fans for losing her cool.

“That shit triggered me,” she said. “I seen him punch that lady in the face, I lost my fuckin’ temper. I apologise ya’ll. I apologise from the bottom of my heart.”

She added, “I was gonna knock [his] ass out with this fuckin’ mic.”

Following the show, Monica then shared a statement with The Shade Room on Sunday (July 25), further explaining the situation.

“I apologised there and I’m apologising here for my actions but no one would take action! I was so triggered, I watched and she didn’t appear to even know him!” she said

“It appeared to be about space during a packed concert! He punched her with all his strength! My intentions were to prevent her from being hit again and she wasn’t! I asked for help, it fell on deaf ears! It was like seeing my mother or an aunt be assaulted!! This woman was 50+ I pray she’s ok!”

In a statement to CBS News, Riverfront Music Festival spokesperson Andrus Macdonald praised the star for taking action.

“We want to extend our heartfelt gratitude to Monica for her courage and decisive intervention during an unfortunate incident at our Festival,” he said.

“Her actions demonstrated a commitment to the safety and respect of her fans, reinforcing our belief that she is not just an extraordinary talent, but an extraordinary individual as well.”

He added that organisers were “truly saddened that an event meant to bring joy and unity to our community was marred by an act of violence” and are currently working with police to find the assailant.

Check out Monica’s 1998 hit The Boy Is Mine with fellow R&B icon Brandy below.