In what is going to add a new twist to the violence that people relate to hip-hop, Hot 97 deejay and MTV host Aston Taylor also known as Funkmaster Flex, has been charged with assaulting fellow radio personality Stephanie Saunders also known as Steph Lova. According to the NY Daily News, the incident apparently took place last Thursday night as Steph stood outside the Hot 97 studio talking to friends. Flex was said to have walked out of the studio and began verbally abusing Steph Lova. After verbally abusing her he allegedly choked, scratched and hit her before she could get away from her. In the police report Steph states that Flex threw a wad of money at her as she was drove away in her jeep. It has been speculated that the money was supposed to pay for any damages.
Steph consulted with legal counsel before filing a police report 36 hours after the incident. Flex turned himself into police on Sunday at noon and was charged with misdemeanor third degree assault and released on his own recognizance. No word has been issued from Flex on what made him hit a former colleague and friend. As for his boss Emmis Broadcasting, they have not issued a statement yet but Steph Lova’s employer has. “We all compete, but there’s a line you just don’t cross,” stated Andrew Rosen, regional vice president of Clear Channel, who has ownership of Power 105. I believe the Michael Saunders; the program director of 105 summed it up best. “I’m just appalled to hear something like that. It kind of took me aback that a man could hit a woman like that.”