Two of the biggest rap stars in France, Booba and Kaaris, have been sentenced to one month in prison following a fight between themselves and their entourage.
Rappers Booba and Karis will spend a month in jail after a fight at Paris Orly airport
The beef between the rap stars at Orly airport started Wednesday in a departure hall filled with holidaymakers, some of whom filmed the incident on their phone while rivals were fighting through shelves of perfume and souvenirs in a duty free shop.
A French judge said Friday that “the persistent animosity between the two groups” and the risk of further altercations meant that the rappers and nine others were to remain in detention until the next hearing on 6 September.
“What happened is inexcusable, unfortunate,” Booba said at the hearing, referring to families traveling, workers and children present at the time. Kaaris said that “everything is over, everything is calm” now.
The two rappers, who were scheduled to perform Wednesday night in Barcelona, engaged in a quarrel over social media where some users made fun of the duo and asked them to resolve their differences through fighting.
Booba, 41, is said to have quarreled with 38-year-old Kaaris in the past after failing to support him in an argument with fellow French Rohff. Rohff was sentenced in November to five years in prison for aggravated assault at a clothing store owned by Booba.
Kaaris’s lawyers, Arash Derambarsh and Yacine Yakouti, say the rapper was “taken aback by Booba, who insulted his child and his wife,” before several people “jump on him.” He added that the attackers used bottles of perfume and glass as weapons. Booba’s lawyer, Yann Le Bras, responded by telling BFM TV that the video footage showed that it was Kaaris and his group whose behavior had been “very aggressive”.
Orly airport said the fight had damaged Orly’s image, “endangering the lives of others” and that he had filed a public order complaint after the ruckus temporarily close the departure hall.
Air France also filed a complaint. Fourteen people were taken into custody Wednesday afternoon, and two people were released Thursday morning. Prisoners face up to seven years in prison and a fine of 100,000 euros.