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TMZ is reporting that Mike Epps has allegedly hit a woman in the face while attending a party for the movie premiere for Haunted House 2 on Wednesday night. The party took place at Lucky Strike in downtown Los Angeles. The woman’s name is Simone Shepherd, and she says that she has been involved romantically with the actor in the past but was invited to the movie premiere by the Wayans brothers. People close to Epps are stating that he was never involved with Shepherd, and that she is nothing more than a fan.
Epps is married to his wife Mechelle, and they have two daughters. The altercation reportedly occurred when Shepherd got into a heated exchange with Epps’ wife while trying to confront Epps about their past involvement. Shepherd is stating that Epps reportedly stepped in to break up the exchange, and that is when Shepherd says Epps struck her. Epps is alleging that Shepherd threw a drink at him and his wife when he requested that Shepherd give them some privacy and leave them alone, and when she did not oblige, he requested that she be escorted out of the building by security.
Police who were called to the scene reported that there appeared to be no obvious signs of injury to Shepherd, and Epps stated to officers at the scene that he did not hit Shepherd. Epps’ friends are also stating that he did not strike the woman. However, Shepherd is claiming that her jaw became swollen after the party had ended, and she even took a picture of herself to support her claims. Police are reportedly still investigating Shepherd’s claims of injury, and the case has been referred to the departments domestic violence division due to Shepherds claims of previous romantic involvement between the two.