Patrick Allocco Jr., trapped with his father in Angola while the pair fight fraud accusations, appears to have been in an altercation with locals recently, though details of Allocco's health and involvement in the fight remain unclear.
Allocco and his father, Patrick Allocco Sr., have been detained in the African country since rapper Nas and another act were no-shows for a pair of New Year's Eve performances Allocco Sr. arranged. Nas has since returned the $300,000 owed to an Angolan promoter for the show, Patrick Allocco Sr. has said, but the Angolan promoter wants an additional $75,000 in lost expenses and authorities won't lift the pair's travel restrictions.
The two have also been denied refuge at the American embassy in Angola, and have been staying at a hotel in the capital city Luanda. On Thursday, State Department spokesman Victoria Nuland said Patrick Allocco Jr. again sought refuge at the embassy after he was "involved in a nightclub altercation."
"He did not meet the criteria for refuge, but we did keep him at the embassy until consular officers were able to ensure that he could get back to his hotel safely," Nuland said.
Nuland also said the nightclub altercation didn't seem to related to their fraud case, but that Angolan authorities had opened a second investigation regarding the altercation.
Patrick Allocco Sr., CEO of Allgood Entertainment in Convent Station, told the New York Post a different story.
The father told the newspaper locals had tricked his son, saying they would take him out to celebrate his seemingly imminent release, but instead binded his arm with a belt and heckled him while demanding $10,000 for his release.
"It is outrageous that her understanding of our dire situation, despite numerous press reports, amounts to the rolling of her eyes, a smile, a wink, and an insiders nod, that the Alloccos in Angola do not deserve any further comment or explanation," the senior Allocco wrote on the "Free the Alloccos" Facebook page dedicated to bringing them home.
Pictures of the son's injuries, which included abrasions to his face, wrist and back, were also posted to the page.
Patrick Allocco Sr. couldn't be immediately reached for comment Monday. Representatives from U.S. Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen’s (R-11th Dist.) office, which has been involved in the effort to return the Alloccos to U.S. soil, also didn't immediately return an email seeking comment. Allocco has said Frelinghuysen has kept in constant contact with the the pair.