The Los Angeles district lawyer on Monday charged rapper ASAP Rocky with assault with a firearm in connection with a taking pictures in November in Hollywood.
Rocky, whose actual identify is Rakim Mayers, faces two counts of assault with a semiautomatic firearm with allegations of personally utilizing a firearm. He is slated to be arraigned Wednesday in a downtown L.A. courtroom.
“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,” mentioned Dist. Atty. George Gascón in saying the costs. “My office conducted a thorough review of the evidence in this case and determined that the addition of a special firearm allegation was warranted.”
Mayers couldn’t instantly be reached for remark.
Prosecutors allege that the rapper pointed a semiautomatic handgun on the sufferer. In a subsequent confrontation between the 2 events, he allegedly drew the semiautomatic handgun and fired twice within the path of the sufferer, in response to prosecutors. The sufferer sustained a minor damage.
Terell Ephron, a onetime affiliate of Mayers referred to as ASAP Relli, recognized himself because the sufferer and sued Mayers final week in Los Angeles County Superior Court, alleging assault and battery, negligence and emotional misery. Ephron was previously a part of the ASAP Mob hip-hop collective, fashioned in 2006 in Harlem in New York City.
The lawsuit alleges that Ephron and Mayers agreed to fulfill to resolve their variations, however after a verbal altercation, Mayers “pulled out a handgun and purposefully pointed it in the direction of [Ephron] and fired multiple shots.” Ephron was “struck by bullet projectile/fragments” and required medical consideration, in response to the lawsuit, which mentioned a giant portion of the incident was captured on video.
Los Angeles police discovered a number of firearms at Mayers’ residence whereas serving a search warrant following his arrest in connection with the taking pictures.
Mayers was arrested April 20 after stepping off a non-public jet at Los Angeles International Airport on his method again from Barbados, authorities mentioned. He had been vacationing on the Caribbean island with singer Rihanna, who not too long ago gave delivery to their first baby.
Mayers was arrested on suspicion of assault with a lethal weapon in connection with the Nov. 6 incident.
He is free on $550,000 bail.
The 33-year-old rapper, alongside with two members of his entourage, was beforehand convicted of aggravated assault in Sweden, when he was there for a pageant efficiency in the summertime of 2019. He was convicted after a trial wherein a decide heard proof about a avenue brawl in Stockholm wherein the rapper was accused of stomping on a man after throwing him to the bottom.
Mayers testified and maintained that he was performing in self-defense. A decide decided that the incident was unfit of jail time.