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Shad Moss, formerly known as Bow Wow, opened up about his battle with depression and he hints that he may have been a victim of domestic abuse. The pint-size rapper-turned-actor says he went through a “life-changing moment” when he was jailed after being arrested along with his girlfriend on assault charges.

Shad was arrested by Atlanta PD officers during Super Bowl weekend, after his on-again/off-again girlfriend Leslie “Kiyomi” Holden called police. The 32-year-old “Face Off” rapper was charged with “battery substantial physical harm,” despite the fact that Kiyomi’s claws were embedded in his face.

Officers also handcuffed Kiyomi and charged her with assaulting the 5-2 rapper.

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In an interview with Real 92.3 LA’s Big Boy’s Neighborhood, Bow Wow opened up about the situation, suggesting that he was the real victim, not his ex-girlfriend.

Shad insists he was wrongfully arrested, and his time in jail had a dramatic effect on him. He suggested he was the victim of domestic abuse, and his now infamous mugshot backs him up.

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“First of all, I shouldn’t have been locked up period,” said Shad who is out on bond. The pictures, you saw that. The pictures say it all… He said being in jail made him realize he needed to end the abuse.

“When I was in that cell it was a life-changing moment for me. I felt as far as my own self, I needed that. I needed that moment to think, to understand who I was.”

The “Bounce with Me” star also admitted that the scandal was the latest incident in a very difficult year for him.

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Opening up about his battle with depression, he explained: “I was depressed. I was going through it. I wanted to tell people you can have the most money in the world and it don’t really heal you. I was going through a lot last year. Not even career-wise. I was going through a lot of things personally.”

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