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Mystikal to Be Arraigned on Rape Charges

The Grammy-nominated hip-hop performer Mystikal is scheduled for arraignment on fees accusing him of raping and choking a girl, and illegally possessing medication at his Louisiana dwelling.

Charges the performer will face throughout his arraignment Monday will embrace first-degree rape, which carries an computerized life sentence if Tyler is convicted.

“My client is innocent of all charges,” lawyer Joel Pearce mentioned in a textual content message Thursday. He mentioned the rapper, whose given title is Michael Tyler, had a court docket order to guard him from the lady, and he’s “the true victim.”

Pearce mentioned he hopes he can be allowed to current proof supporting bond for Tyler, who has been held with out bond for the reason that finish of July. A choose denied bond on Aug. 4, however Pearce, who didn’t then signify the performer, mentioned 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 lady at his dwelling in Prairieville, an Ascension Parish group of about 33,000 close to Baton Rouge.

A information launch Wednesday from the district lawyer’s workplace mentioned Tyler was indicted final week on 10 counts together with rape, home abuse battery by strangulation and false imprisonment. Investigators who searched his dwelling discovered “evidence to corroborate the victim’s account of the rape along with a variety of illegal narcotics,” the assertion mentioned.

An Ascension Parish grand jury introduced the fees in two indictments handed up Sept. 6, The Advocate reported.

District Attorney Ricky Babin mentioned in an e mail that as a result of they’re a part of an ongoing prison matter, the indictments are usually not public information beneath state regulation.

Pearce represented Tyler on rape and kidnapping fees that prosecutors in northwest Louisiana dropped in December 2020. Those fees, introduced in 2017, had stored him jailed practically 18 months earlier than he was launched on $3 million bond.

Mystikal informed The Associated Press in April 2021 that he now could be pleased with lyrics he can think about rapping to God.

His 2000 hit “Shake (It Fast) earned a 2001 Grammy nomination for best rap solo. In 2003, his Tarantula was nominated for best rap album and the single “Bouncin’ Back” for finest male rap solo.

He pleaded responsible to sexual battery later in 2003. He served six years in jail.

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