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Aaron Carter Assaulted at Illinois Concert Venue

Musician was attacked by member of his opening act

Aaron Carter was assaulted at an Illinois concert venue on Friday night by a member of his opening act.

Carter, the brother of Backstreet Boy Nick Carter and a best-selling singer in his own right, was set to perform at the Looney Bin in Bradley, Illinois. One of the members of his opener, ILL State, began going into the crowd and grabbing people’s mobile phones to record Carter while he performed, according to TMZ.

Not happy with the distraction, Carter instructed security to have the musician removed. While the other man was being escorted out, Carter said, “Bye, Felipe,” the male equivalent of the popular saying “Bye, Felicia.”

The other musician, who is Latino, returned  to the venue a short time later and attacked Carter and also damaged some of his equipment, according to TMZ. Carter was taken to the hospital following the incident but was released early Saturday morning.

According to the former teen pop star’s rep, “No racial slur was used by Aaron. His response to his attacker was a pop culture slang phase equivalent to the phrase ‘bye Felicia’ also found in the urban dictionary. As a result, Aaron was punched twice in the head and left bloody so he was taken to the hospital for observation.”

Authorities are investigating the incident, Carter said.

Carter began tweeting following his release to explain what happened and respond to the many who accused him of being racist for using the phrase “Bye Felipe” in reference to a Latino man.

Read some of Carter’s tweets below.