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US rapper A$AP Rocky pleads not guilty to gun charges

/ 07:04 AM August 18, 2022
Rapper A$AP Rocky appears in a Los Angeles  courtroom on August 17, 2022, for his arraignment. - A$AP Rocky, born Rakim Mayers, pleaded not guilty at his arraignment on two counts of assault with a firearm stemming from an alleged run-in with A$AP Relli in Hollywood last November. A$AP Rocky is due back in court on November 2, 2022. (Photo by Irfan Khan / POOL / AFP)

Rapper A$AP Rocky appears in a Los Angeles courtroom on August 17, 2022, for his arraignment. A$AP Rocky, born Rakim Mayers, pleaded not guilty at his arraignment on two counts of assault with a firearm stemming from an alleged run-in with A$AP Relli in Hollywood last November. A$AP Rocky is due back in court on November 2, 2022. (AFP)

LOS ANGELES – US rapper A$AP Rocky pleaded not guilty on Wednesday to two charges of assault with a firearm over a confrontation with a former friend in Hollywood last year.

The 33-year-old, whose real name is Rakim Mayers, is alleged to have pointed the semiautomatic weapon at a one-time friend during an argument in November.

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He is said to have subsequently drawn the weapon and fired it twice, leaving the man with what police described as “a minor injury.”

Mayers denied the charges. He was released on $550,000 bail, and ordered to appear in court again on November 2.

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The “Praise the Lord (Da Shine)” artist was arrested over the incident at Los Angeles International Airport in April when he arrived on a private plane from Barbados.

US media outlets reported that he had been on the island with his then-pregnant girlfriend Rihanna, who is from the Caribbean nation.

The entertainment and fashion mogul behind the hits “Diamonds” and “Umbrella” gave birth to a boy on May 13 in Los Angeles.

In an interview with GQ magazine published in May 2021, Mayers called Rihanna the “love of my life” and “the One.”

New York-born Mayers was previously arrested in Stockholm in 2019 over a street brawl.

He was held in Swedish custody for more than a month, in an incident which drew global attention, and was handed a suspended sentence.

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