NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Grammy-nominated hip-hop performer Mystikal is scheduled for arraignment on fees accusing him of raping and choking a lady, and illegally possessing medication at his Louisiana residence.
Costs the performer will face throughout his arraignment Monday will embody first-degree rape, which carries an automated life sentence if Tyler is convicted.
“My consumer is harmless of all fees,” legal professional Joel Pearce stated in a textual content message Thursday. He stated the rapper, whose given title is Michael Tyler, had a court docket order to guard him from the girl, and he’s “the true sufferer.”
Pearce stated he hopes he will probably be allowed to current proof supporting bond for Tyler, who has been held with out bond for the reason that finish of July. A decide denied bond on Aug. 4, however Pearce, who didn’t then symbolize the performer, stated it was not a full bond listening to that may take proof in Tyler’s favor.
Tyler was arrested July 31 on fees accusing him of choking and raping the girl at his residence in Prairieville, an Ascension Parish neighborhood of about 33,000 close to Baton Rouge.
A information launch Wednesday from the district legal professional’s workplace stated Tyler was indicted final week on 10 counts together with rape, home abuse battery by strangulation and false imprisonment. Investigators who searched his residence discovered “proof to corroborate the sufferer’s account of the rape together with a wide range of unlawful narcotics,” the assertion stated.
An Ascension Parish grand jury introduced the costs in two indictments handed up Sept. 6, The Advocate reported.
District Legal professional Ricky Babin stated in an electronic mail that as a result of they’re a part of an ongoing legal matter, the indictments usually are not public information underneath state regulation.
Pearce represented Tyler on rape and kidnapping fees that prosecutors in northwest Louisiana dropped in December 2020. These fees, introduced in 2017, had saved him jailed practically 18 months earlier than he was released on $3 million bond.
Mystikal told The Associated Press in April 2021 that he now’s happy with lyrics he can think about rapping to God.
His 2000 hit “Shake (It Quick) earned a 2001 Grammy nomination for greatest rap solo. In 2003, his “Tarantula” was nominated for greatest rap album and the one “Bouncin’ Again” for greatest male rap solo.
He pleaded responsible to sexual battery later in 2003. He served six years in jail.
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