Kevin Gates' wife and mother of two of his children, Dreka Gates, reacts to her husband getting sentenced to six months in jail for kicking a female fan in Florida last summer.
Last night (Oct. 26), it was reported that Kevin Gates has been sentenced to serve six months (180 days) in prison, as a Florida judge found him guilty of misdemeanor battery for an incident last summer, when he kicked an 18-year-old female fan in the chest during a concert in Lakeland, FL. A few days after a viral video of the kick went live, Gates responded to the incident with a single called "The Truth." In his legal defense, Gates argued that his actions were taken in self-defense (as the fan had repeatedly touched him in inappropriate areas, he said), and his counsel invoked Florida's controversial "Stand Your Ground" law. After the verdict, Gates was immediately taken into custody, and he is being held in Polk County Jail.
Dreka Gates, who accompanied her husband to many of the hearings throughout the trial, has responded to the unfavorable verdict with an indignant Instagram post in which she accuses the victim of the battery of fabricating her story and bringing forth charges in a desperate attempt for "fame and money." Dreka also revealed that the prosecution had wanted to give her husband 60 days with anger management therapy, but for reasons undisclosed, the judge decided upon a six-month sentence.
Dreka's written response to the ruling is accompanied by a video replay of the kick in question, which she hopes will cast doubt on the victim's testimony that Gates "knocked the breath out her" and caused her to faint. "If anything," writes Dreka, "her friend choked the fuck out her." Watch the clip (WARNING: GRAPHIC) and read Dreka's caption below.
You mean to tell me that @iamkevingates kicked the girl in the red jumpsuit and knocked the breathe out her? Because that's what she's been claiming and testified today in court. If anything her friend choked the fuck out of her. She claims she fainted, but yet she and her friend stayed at the club at the front of the stage even after this incident. She also acquired a civil attorney early on...what does that tell you? She also touched him FIRST (more than once) without his consent but yet he was the one sentenced to jail today for the same crime. She and her friend also had very conflicting stories and were tripped up in many lies today in the courtroom. It was comical and sad at the same time to see how desperate people are for fame and money. Not to mention the prosecutors wanted to give him 60 days with anger management and community service but yet the judge decided to give him 180 days?!? Are you fucking kidding me. Inshallah justice will be served. #unjust #fuckery #polkcounty #smfh by the way, thanks for taking my husband away from our kids (sarcasm) #itsnotoverjustyet
Although I'm sick to my stomach, I do understand that there is a lesson to be learned that Allah hasn't revealed to us quite yet.— Dreka Gates (@realdrekagates) October 27, 2016
Read last year's feature-length profile, "All Too Human: The Perfect Imperfection of Kevin Gates."