The violence started late Friday night in Atlanta … cops say MGK and his crew were in a restaurant bar when the actor named Gabriel “G-Rod” Rodriguez walked up to him with his phone out and started recording. In the video, obtained by TMZ, you see G-Rod point at MGK and say, “I’m gonna say it because it has to be said, you’re a ***** for going for family!” G-Rod tells us he was especially upset because he’s a husband and father of 3 kids.
G-Rod was pissed at Kelly for his beef with Eminem — which started when Kelly said Em’s then-teenaged daughter, Hailie, is hot.
In the video, MGK appears to shove G-Rod and turn the phone away. The video stops there, but G-Rod says that’s when 5 of MGK’s bodyguards swooped in and, as he puts it, MGK suddenly got tough and started challenging him. G-Rod claims Kelly shoved him. He says the bar manager immediately sided with the celebrity … and kicked out G-Rod.
G-Rod says 2 hours later he was walking toward a Hampton’s Inn — across the street from the bar — when he noticed MGK and his crew hanging outside their tour bus. When they started barking at each other an Atlanta PD officer stepped in to cool things down, but G-Rod says MGK went off … calling the cop a “*****” and “pig.”
G-Rod says the officer did nothing in response — which pissed of G-Rod. He told us if a black or Latino person had said that to a cop … they’d immediately be tased or worse.
G-Rod says he went into the hotel lobby and MGK continued jawing at him … with all his bodyguards standing around him. G-Rod, who’s a pretty big dude, says he told them he’d fight each of them — one at a time — if they wanted a fight. Instead, he says the bodyguards all jumped him at once.
According to cops, who’ve seen surveillance video, one guard body slammed G-Rod and then 3 others started punching and kicking him in the face. G-Rod — who’s had roles in “Ozark,” “Power” and “NCIS: New Orleans” — says MGK wasn’t involved at that point, he just let his bodyguards get physical.
G-Rod tells TMZ he’s already hired a lawyer and intends to file a lawsuit against MGK, however, he adds, “I will drop the lawsuit if we both sign waivers and meet in an octagon and go man-to-man without goons or weapons.”
Police are investigating, and G-Rod is at an ER getting treatment for severe facial injuries.
We reached out to MGK’s rep … so far, no word back.