Mystikal pleaded not responsible to prices of rape, home abuse, false imprisonment, and extra at an arraignment listening to exterior Baton Rouge, Louisiana Monday, Sept. 19, The Associated Press experiences.

The rapper — actual identify Michael Tyler — is dealing with quite a few prices in relation to an incident the place he allegedly sexually assaulted and held a girl towards her will in late July. Along with the first-degree rape cost (which carries an computerized life sentence), Tyler was charged with prison harm to property, false imprisonment, home abuse, battery by strangulation, easy theft, and several other drug-related offenses. 

Tyler’s lawyer, Joel Pearce, didn’t instantly return Rolling Stone’s request for remark. Speaking with AP, although, Pearce reiterated his perception in his shopper’s innocence and solid doubt on a few of the prices. He mentioned he didn’t know what Tyler was even accused of stealing, and of the drug prices, he said, “My shopper doesn’t even do medication, so he has completely no concept what they had been speaking about.”

Mystikal was arrested on the finish of July, and he was indicted by a grand jury on 9 prison counts, together with the first-degree rape cost, in September. Tyler is at the moment being held in Ascension Parish Prison with out bail, however Pearce mentioned doable bond could also be mentioned at a listening to on Oct. 17.

Pearce beforehand represented Tyler in another sexual assault case in 2017, which additionally carried prices of first-degree rape and second-degree kidnapping. While the rapper spent practically 18 months in jail earlier than posting a $3 million bond, the charges were ultimately dismissed by a grand jury in December 2020 following the invention of further proof.

In 2004, Tyler pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting his hairstylist and was sentenced to six years in jail. Upon his launch in 2010, he had to register as a intercourse offender. 

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