A$AP Rocky charged over shooting in Hollywood
16 August 2022, 10:37
The rapper and Rihanna's boyfriend has been charged with assault with a firearm in connection to a shooting in Hollywood last year.
A$AP Rocky has been charged with two counts of assault with a firearm according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office.
The US rapper allegedly pointed a semi-automatic handgun at a victim, where the LAPD reports the incident as "an argument between two acquaintances" that resulted in the "suspect firing a handgun at the victim."
He was arrested this April at LAX airport, and girlfriend Rihanna was reportedly present at the time.
Rocky, whose real name is Rakim Mayers, is alleged to have pointed the gun at a former friend during an altercation, and prosecution have said he later fired the weapon twice in the direction of the victim who sustained a minor injury.
If found guilty, the 33-year-old rapper could face up to nine years in prison.
He is due to appear in court on Wednesday to answer to the two charges of assault with a semi-automatic firearm.
After the initial arrest in April of this year, Police found multiple firearms at his home following a search warrant.
The victim of the incident came forward and is part of the A$AP Mob hip-hop collective, known as A$AP Relli.
He is also now suing his former friend for alleged assault, battery, negligence and emotional distress.
A$AP Relli, real name Terell Ephron, alleged that Rocky "lured him" to an obscure location in Hollywood to discuss a disagreement.
Ephron was reportedly struck by bullet fragments that required medical attention.
A$AP Rocky shares a newborn son with singer Rihanna, and is known for his songs such as 'Sundress' and 'Praise the Lord'.