World famous rapper faces trial and possible 24-year sentence

Written by Jeppe W

Nov.21 - 2023 11:03 AM CET

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ASAP Rocky, the renowned rapper, is set to stand trial, facing allegations of assault with a semi-automatic weapon.

This development follows a judge's assessment in Los Angeles that there is sufficient evidence to proceed with the case against the rapper, whose real name is Rakim Mayers. The charges stem from an incident involving a former friend and ASAP Mob member, ASAP Relli (Terell Ephron).

The lawsuit originates from an event near a Hollywood hotel in November 2021. ASAP Relli accuses Rocky of shooting at him "without provocation, warning, or justification," leading to minor injuries to Relli's hand. The allegations include two counts of assault with a semi-automatic firearm.

Court Proceedings and Potential Sentencing

The evidence presented includes witness testimony from Relli and surveillance footage capturing the incident. If found guilty, ASAP Rocky could face up to 24 years in prison, as noted by Relli's attorney, Paul Przemoliec. However, Rocky's attorney, Joe Tacopina, maintains his client's innocence and is confident of an acquittal.

ASAP Relli claims the shooting occurred during a meeting arranged by Rocky to discuss a disagreement. The altercation escalated when Rocky allegedly arrived with a loaded handgun, leading to the shooting.

Tacopina, representing ASAP Rocky, has expressed neither disappointment nor surprise at the case proceeding to trial. He asserts that the rapper, who pleads not guilty, will be cleared of all charges.

The Impact on ASAP Rocky's Career

This legal battle poses a significant challenge to ASAP Rocky's career and public image. The outcome of the trial could have lasting effects on his professional and personal life.

For more details on the case and its implications, readers can follow upcoming reports and analyses in the legal and entertainment news.

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