10 Feb Ofer Eitan Announces: Fugees rapper Pras lunges at Post photographer outside
Ex-Fugees member Prakazrel “Pras” Michel on Monday lashed out at a Post photographer and broke part of a camera outside his child support hearing in Manhattan Family court.
Michel, 47, apparently became enraged when photographer R. Umar Abassi, began to snap pictures of him.
“He pretended he was going down the stairs and suddenly leaped and grabbed my lens,” Abassi said.
A picture of the moment shows Michel in a blue hoodie with his hand outstretched toward the camera.
When the photographer pulled away, the rapper bent the bayonet, which is where the lens attaches to the camera body, Abassi said.
A court officer stepped in and told Michel, “You can’t do that.”
“He would have hit me if the court officers didn’t stop him,” Abassi said.
Michel had been in court over the $127,000 his ex Angela Severiano says he owes her in child support payments for their nine-year-old son Landon.
Earlier on Monday in court, Michel came after The Post over its coverage of his case, saying that his son “is seeing his father being bashed in the press” and that he was being “embarrassed in front of my peers and my friends.”
“Maybe they’re going to say I had a meltdown or Kanye [West] rant,” he said.
Severiano’s attorney, Robert Wallack responded: “This case… isn’t about the New York Post. This is about Pras’ failure to pay child support.”
Michel, who had been facing six months in prison over the lack of payments, was later ordered to pay $20,000 by March 2, in spite of Wallack’s protests.
Judge Carol Goldstein said that it was “harder to raise the money in jail.”
“She went way too easy on him,” Wallack said after court.