Ludacris’ longtime supervisor Chaka Zulu was charged with homicide this week in connection to an Atlanta shooting in June the place three folks, together with himself, had been shot and one individual was killed.
Fulton County Jail information present that Zulu, authorized title Ahmed Obafemi, turned himself in on Tuesday on prices of homicide, aggravated assault, easy battery and possession of a firearm in the course of the fee of a felony. He was launched that very same day on $200,000 bond.
The taking pictures occurred June 26 round 11:35 p.m. exterior an Atlanta-area restaurant, following an altercation in a parking zone. Three males, together with Zulu, had been taken to the hospital with gunshot wounds, the place one individual — later recognized as Artez Benton of Scottdale, Georgia – died of his accidents.
“We are lucky to report that Chaka Zulu is in steady situation and recovering,” former Atlanta mayor Kasim Reed, appearing as a household spokesperson, stated on the time (via the Atlanta Journal-Constitution).
While investigators didn’t elaborate on the motive of the taking pictures or the circumstances that led them to arrest the music govt, Zulu’s lawyer Gabe Banks has insisted that his shopper acted in self-defense after he was attacked by “a gang of a minimum of 4 people and was pressured to defend himself after this gang repe atedly stomped, punched, and kicked him whereas he was on the bottom in a defenseless posture.”
“Mr. Zulu was shot in the again in the course of the taking pictures and practically misplaced his life, and remains to be recovering from the practically deadly accidents he sustained that night. Mr. Zulu was at his administrative center that night time and had each proper to defend himself,” Banks stated in an announcement to Rolling Stone.
“In an try to avoid wasting his life, Mr. Zulu lawfully discharged his weapon in self-defense; a weapon that he’s licensed to hold,” Banks stated, including that Zulu “stays assured that his title will probably be cleared of all prices via the judicial course of. It just isn’t misplaced on Mr. Zulu that somebody misplaced his life, however had Mr. Zulu not lawfully defended himself, Mr. Zulu would have been killed that night time.”
Banks additionally stated that Zulu was “dissatisfied” by the Atlanta Police Department’s choice to convey prices in opposition to him.
Zulu, alongside together with his brother Jeff Dixon and Christopher “Ludacris” Bridges, based Atlanta’s Disturbing tha Peace Records in 1998, with Ludacris the primary artist signed to the unbiased label. Zulu had served because the rapper’s supervisor for the reason that late Nineties, and has additionally represented Atlanta rappers like Big Okay.R.I.T. and Jeezy. In 2019, Zulu joined Spotify because the Head of Artist and Talent Relations.