NEW ORLEANS — The Grammy-nominated hip-hop performer Mystikal is scheduled for arraignment on fees accusing him of raping and choking a girl, and illegally possessing medication at his Louisiana dwelling.
Fees the performer will face throughout his arraignment Monday will embrace first-degree rape, which carries an automated life sentence if he’s convicted.
“My shopper is harmless of all fees,” legal professional Joel Pearce stated in a textual content message Thursday. He stated the rapper, whose given identify is Michael Tyler, had a court docket order to guard him from the lady, and he’s “the true sufferer.”
Pearce stated he hopes he will likely be allowed to current proof supporting bond for Tyler, who has been held with out bond for the reason that finish of July. A decide denied bond on Aug. 4, however Pearce, who didn’t then symbolize the performer, stated it was not a full bond listening to that will take proof in Tyler’s favor.
Tyler was arrested July 31 on fees accusing him of choking and raping the lady at his dwelling in Prairieville, an Ascension Parish group of about 33,000 close to Baton Rouge.
A information launch Wednesday from the district legal professional’s workplace stated Tyler was indicted final week on 10 counts together with rape, home abuse battery by strangulation and false imprisonment. Investigators who searched his dwelling discovered “proof to corroborate the sufferer’s account of the rape together with quite a lot of unlawful narcotics,” the assertion stated.
An Ascension Parish grand jury introduced the costs in two indictments handed up Sept. 6, The Advocate reported.
District Legal professional Ricky Babin stated in an electronic mail that as a result of they’re a part of an ongoing felony matter, the indictments usually are not public data underneath state regulation.
Pearce represented Tyler on rape and kidnapping fees that prosecutors in northwest Louisiana dropped in December 2020. These fees, introduced in 2017, had saved him jailed almost 18 months earlier than he was launched on $3 million bond.
Mystikal advised The Related Press in April 2021 that he now could be pleased with lyrics he can think about rapping to God.
His 2000 hit “Shake (It Quick) earned a 2001 Grammy nomination for greatest rap solo. In 2003, his “Tarantula” was nominated for greatest rap album and the only “Bouncin’ Again” for greatest male rap solo.
He pleaded responsible to sexual battery later in 2003. He served six years in jail.