A$AP Rocky Pleads Not Guilty
Written by Rika C on August 18, 2022
The Harlem rapper appeared in court on Wednesday in Los Angeles to answer to two counts of assault using a semiautomatic firearm against his former high school friend. A$AP Rocky, whose real name is Rakim Mayers, got news of the charges on Monday after the alleged shooting victim in the November 2021 incident revealed himself.
Rocky, who appeared with his attorney, pleaded not guilty to the counts after the judge read them to him. He is accused of luring his friend Relli to a location in Hollywood where they had a disagreement that led to Rocky allegedly firing multiple shots at Relli.
Relli filed a civil suit for damages from A$AP Rocky, claiming that he suffered an injury to one of his hands due to a bullet grazing him. The incident shocked many as the alleged victim’s identity was previously unknown to the public. The suit is seeking damages for assault, battery, negligence, and intentional infliction of emotional distress against Rocky.
On Wednesday, Rocky stood in court with lawyer Sara L. Caplan who entered a not guilty plea for Rocky. The artist did not say anything except when the judge addressed him to confirm his agreement with the date set for his second court appearance. The judge granted a protective order requested by prosecutors that prevented Rocky from having any firearms or ammunition. The Harlem rapper is also prohibited from contacting or coming within 100 yards of Relli.