A$AP Rocky has been accused of assault with a firearm in relation to a shooting that occurred in Hollywood last year. The actor, whose real name is Rakim Mayers, is accused of pointing the gun after an argument at A$AP Relli in November.
He allegedly fired the weapon twice more after that, striking the victim, who had a minor injury. If found guilty, the 33-year-old could spend up to nine years behind bars. He has had two US number one albums.
The rapper, who in May had a child with singer Rihanna, is scheduled to appear in court on Wednesday to answer two counts of assault with a semi-automatic firearm and claims of using a firearm on his own.
The charges were not immediately addressed by his attorney.
“Discharging a gun in a public place is a serious offense that could have ended with tragic consequences, not only for the person targeted but also for innocent bystanders visiting Hollywood. My office conducted a thorough review of the evidence in this case and determined that the addition of a special firearm allegation was warranted.”Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón stated.Advertisement
Shooting incident with A$AP Relli
News of the shooting first surfaced in April, when the actor was detained at the Los Angeles International Airport upon his return from a vacation with Rihanna. Three hours later, he was freed after paying a $550,000 (£421,000) bail.
Following Mr. Mayers’ arrest, police executed a search warrant at his residence and discovered numerous firearms there.
A$AP Mob rapper Terell Ephron, who claimed to be the victim, filed a lawsuit against his ex-friend last week. He alleged assault and battery, negligence, and emotional distress.
A$AP Relli, another name for Mr. Ephron, claimed that Mr. Mayers had “lured” him to a secret location in Hollywood to talk about a dispute.
According to the court documents, Mr. Ephron’s left hand was “hit by bullet projectile/fragments” and needed medical attention. He demands damages of at least $25,000 (£20,750).
About A$AP Rocky
He made headlines after being championed by Drake. He has collaborated with Alicia Keys, Lana Del Rey, Skepta, Selena Gomez, and Kendrick Lamar, among others.
Last year, he declared Rihanna to be his “love of my life” and “the one,” confirming their relationship.
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