LOS ANGELES –
A$AP rapper Rocky was charged with two felony counts Monday for drawing a gun on an old friend and shooting in Hollywood last year, prosecutors said.
The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office charged the 33-year-old New Yorker, legal name Rakim Athelaston Mayers, with two counts of assault with a semi-automatic firearm.
Prosecutors allege that during an argument on November 6, 2021, Mayers pointed a handgun at the victim, then in the ensuing confrontation drew the gun again and fired twice. towards the man, who was slightly injured. Its name has yet to be revealed.
Mayers did not provide a defense for the allegations. He is expected to be sorted on Wednesday. An email seeking comment from representatives was not immediately returned.
“Shooting a gun in a public place is a serious offence that can have tragic consequences not only for the person targeted but also for innocent eyewitnesses while visiting Hollywood,” said Attorney General. County George Gascón said in a statement.
Mayers and two other men fled the scene after he opened fire, police said. He was first arrested for the incident at Los Angeles International Airport on April 20, and was released on bail the same day.
A member of the Harlem hip hop collective A$AP Mob, A$AP Rocky first made his mark in music with the single “Peso” in 2011. His 2013 debut album, “Long. Live. A $ AP”, went to No. 1 on the Billboard 200, as well as the 2015 follow-up, “At. Long. Last. A$AP.” He has been nominated for two Grammy Awards.
He is in a relationship with Rihanna and the two had a son in May.
Mayers released her last studio album four years ago, and like Rihanna, is known for keeping up with fashion as well as music.
He made headlines internationally in 2019 after being detained for nearly a month in Sweden following a street brawl. He was found guilty of assault and was given a “conditional sentence” which meant no extra jail time.