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A$AP Rocky Pleads Not Guilty



A$AP Rocky Pleads Not Guilty
A$AP Rocky in court. Image source: Irfan Khan/Los Angeles Times.

A$AP Rocky was charged for allegedly shooting fellow A$AP Mob member and former friend A$AP Relli earlier this week. Now, Rocky, whose real name is Rakim Mayers, has appeared in a Los Angeles court for the alleged shooting. Mayers pleaded not guilty to the charges of shooting his former friend, A$AP Relli, on a Hollywood street last November.  

According to Rolling Stone, Mayers appeared in court with his lawyer Sara L.Caplan, who entered the plea on his behalf. The only time that Rocky actually spoke was to confirm his next court date. His next scheduled court date is on Nov 2, 2022. However, the judge, Victoria Wilson, agreed to the protective order requested by prosecutors. This prevents Rocky from “possessing any firearms or ammunition and prohibits him from contacting or coming within 100 yards” from Relli.

Charges Against A$AP Rocky

Prosecutors charged the famous Harlem rapper with two counts of using a semi-automatic firearm to assault A$AP Relli, also known as Terrel Ephron. Relli’s lawyer, Tamal Tooson, was also in court, where a process server attempted to serve Mayers with a civil lawsuit.

According to the complaint issued by Ephron, Mayers asked to meet in a specific Hollywood location on Nov 6, 2021. Tooson and his co-counsel Brian Hurwitz spoke with Rolling Stone previously. They said, “unbeknownst to Mr. Ephron, A$AP Rocky was not just planning for a conversation and came armed with a semi-automatic handgun.” 

In response to this action taken against Mayers, his lawyer asked the court if he would be able to travel for work. The judge stated that Mayers would have to “clear dates” with the court beforehand. Though the incident happened back in November, Mayers did not go under arrest for the incident until April. At the time, he was returning from Barbados with Rhiana, who was also pregnant. However, he was quickly released and posted bail to see his and Rhiana’s child born in May. Rocky remains free on a $550,000 bond but could face up to nine years in prison if convicted. 

Written by Patrick Rodriguez | Twitter

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