Jamal Woolard, the actor who portrayed the rapper Notorious B.I.G. on the big screen, was arrested over the weekend in connection with a domestic violence incident in Georgia, TMZ reported Monday.
The alleged incident reportedly occurred in view of Woolard’s stepson, who called police saying, “Dad hit mom,” a law enforcement source told TMZ.
Woolard, 38 -- best known for his role as Biggie Smalls, the acclaimed rapper whose life ended in tragedy when he was shot and killed in Los Angeles in 1997 -- also performs as a real-life rapper. Biggie Smalls, real name Christopher Wallace, was the most recognizable East Coast rapper during the infamous East-West feuds that erupted between hip-hop stars, which ultimately led to the killing of California-based rapper Tupac Shakur.
Woolard was charged with battery, cruelty to children and simple assault, according to TMZ.
This isn’t the first time the actor was allegedly involved in a domestic violence dispute. In 2009, Woolard was charged with misdemeanor assault, menacing and harassment for allegedly slapping his wife, Trisha Younger, in their home in East New York, the New York Post reported.
“She wouldn’t stop pushing me, so I snuffed her,” Woolard said at a time, according to a police report. Younger allegedly told cops she dared her husband to hit her, the report stated.