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A$AP Rocky Assault Trial
A$AP Rocky had a court hearing on January 8, 2024 for allegedly firing a gun at his former friend. Here's what you need to know about the case.
A$AP Rocky is going to trial for assault and is facing up to nine years in prison if he’s found guilty. The famous rapper, 35, has been accused of firing a handgun at former friend and collaborator A$AP Relli outside a Hollywood hotel back in 2021, according to PEOPLE.
On November 6, 2021, Rocky (real name Rakim Mayers) allegedly got into a “heated discussion” with Relli (real name Terell Ephron), a childhood friend, outside the W Hotel in West Hollywood, California. Rihanna‘s boyfriend allegedly pulled out a semi-automatic handgun and fired it at Relli, before fleeing the scene.
Over five months after the shooting, Rocky was arrested at Los Angeles International Airport on April 20, 2022, but was released on $550,000 bail just hours later. At the time, Rocky was coming home from Barbados where he was on vacation with Rihanna, with whom he now shares two children.
Rocky’s trial, which began on January 8, 2024, was announced by Judge M.L. Villar during a preliminary hearing in LA on November 20, 2023. There were a day and a half of testimonies from Rocky and Relli’s legal teams before the judge made his decision.
Rocky has professed his innocence through his legal team in the assault case. “We’re not disappointed, not surprised, we expected to go to trial, we’ve been planning for trial all along,” Rocky’s lawyer, Joe Tacopina, said outside the court on November 20, according to ABC News.