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Gym Employee Who Busta Rhymes Allegedly Called A Faggot And Threw A Protein Shake At Breaks His Silence

bustaOle Hernandez says he had no idea who Busta Rhymes was before the rapper allegedly called him a faggot then threw a protein shake in his face. Now, he’s speaking out about the incident for the very first time.

33-year-old Hernandez works at the front counter of Steel Gym in New York’s Chelsea neighborhood. On August 5, he found himself on the receiving end of a string of homophobic and racist epithets made by 43-year-old Rhymes after he told the hip hop artist he couldn’t bring a cameraman into the gym.

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Speaking to The New York Post this week, Hernandez says Rhymes flew into a rage, allegedly yelling: “You don’t know who I am! I’m Busta Rhymes! I’m the real n–ga! You’re a f–king f–got, you are a p–sy! You are a Mexican crossing the border to come to this country! I will f–k you up!”

Surveillance video doesn’t capture the audio from the altercation, but it does show Rhymes visibly upset and reaching across the counter towards Hernandez before his security guard intervenes to pull him away.

This isn’t the first time Rhymes has been accused of using antigay slurs. In 2013, he was accused of calling a lesbian fast food worker a “fag” and a “bitch” then trying to jump over the counter when she forgot to give him ketchup with his meal.

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The next day, Rhymes returned to Steel Gym to rehash the previous day’s beef with Hernandez.

Surveillance video obtained by The Post shows the two men exchanging words again before Rhymes throws the contents of his water bottle at Hernandez. Hernandez responds by throwing water back at Rhymes, who then proceeds to knock over a computer and swing punches before grabbing a chocolate protein shake and tossing it at Hernandez, hitting him with it in the face.

According to Hernandez, Rhymes’ security guards then raced behind the counter and slammed him into a door. That altercation, however, happened off camera.

Afterwards, Rhymes was arrested for felony assault and was ordered to attend anger-management classes. Hernandez tells The Post that he is “furious” the rapper managed to escape any jail time or fines.

As for having no idea Rhymes was at the time of the assault, Hernandez had this to say:

“I am a Mexican. I like mariachi. I don’t like rap.”

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