After beating video goes viral, Lil Reese offers apology on Twitter
BY BECKY SCHLIKERMAN Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org October 27, 2012 2:42PM
Updated: November 29, 2012 6:52AM
Just days after a video emerged purportedly showing teen Chicago rapper Lil Reese beating up a young woman, an apology went up on the Def Jam Recordings artist’s Twitter account.
“Everybdy makes mistakes,” the tweet read. “I was out of charcter & ive grown sense then Dont judge me for my past i can admit my wrongs and I apologize.#3hunna.”
The apology is in stark contrast to the initial tweet posted on the 19-year-old’s account after the video went viral this week. In that one, the rapper appeared to acknowledge it was him in the video, but was defiant.
Emails seeking comment from a representative for Lil Reese and a Def Jam spokeswoman were not returned Saturday.
Lil Reese’s real name is Tavares Taylor, according to a police source. He’s an ally of embattled Chicago rapper Chief Keef — a k a Keith Cozart, 17 — who has had Twitter issues of his own this year.
In the Lil Reese video, a young woman asks who let the group of young men into a home. She begins to argue with a young man and seconds later the young man, purported to be Lil Reese, gets close to the young woman and starts punching her. A few seconds into the beating, she begins to shriek “wait,” her voice breaking as she begins to cry.
Chicago Police are not actively investigating the beating because they don’t know who the victim is, when the incident occurred or where, according to a police source. But they have saved a version in the event it becomes an issue later.
The video, which garnered more than a 2.1 million hits on the hip-hop site worldstarhiphop.com, has spurred an online war in which opposing gangs disrespect Lil Reese on videos that have popped up since the beating aired, a police source said.