ASAP Rocky has pleaded not guilty to two counts of assault with a gun following an incident in Los Angeles last November.
he US rapper, real name Rakim Mayers, who recently gave birth to his first child with Rihanna, appeared in person at an LA courthouse on Wednesday to attend the pleadings.
Dressed in a dark suit, glasses and a black face mask, he spoke only to confirm his name and acknowledge his rights.
During the incident, Mayers, 33, is said to have pointed a semi-automatic pistol at the victim, identified as fellow rapper ASAP Relli, before allegedly firing it in his direction in a subsequent confrontation.
Relli, real name Terell Ephron, is a former boyfriend of Mayers’ but filed a lawsuit against him last week.
In legal documents obtained by the PA news agency, lawyers for Relli said Mayer’s behavior was “extreme and outrageous” and caused “extreme emotional distress” to her client.
“The defendant (Mayers) unlawfully brandished a firearm at the plaintiff (Ephron) intentionally or with reckless disregard,” the documents read.
“Moreover, the defendant intentionally or with reckless disregard caused a projectile/fragment to hit the plaintiff.
“In both cases, the defendant’s conduct was unlawful or otherwise extreme and outrageous.”
The filing added: “The defendant violated Section 245 of the Criminal Code when he unlawfully took aim with a loaded firearm and aimed it at the plaintiff.
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“This action was a significant factor in the plaintiff’s physical, mental and emotional harm.”
Ephron has sought $25,000 in damages for the incident, plus additional damages to cover his medical bills.
Judge Victoria B. Wilson issued Mayers an injunction, stating that he must remain 100 meters from Ephron at all times and set a tentative hearing date of November 2.
Mayer’s bail was set at $550,000, which he paid.
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