A$AP Rocky appeared in a Los Angeles court on Wednesday to face charges he shot and killed his former friend — an early member of the A$AP Mob — during a “heated argument” on a Hollywood street last November. Not guilty.
Prosecutors have charged the Harlem rapper, whose real name is Rakim Meyers, with two counts of using a semi-automatic weapon to attack Terrell Efron, also known as A$AP Riley. Rolling Stone It was first reported last week that Efron was the alleged victim in the felony case and filed a civil suit against Meyers for assault, battery, negligence and intentional infliction of emotional distress.
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Meyers wore a suit, tie and glasses for his first appearance, and before the court opened, his lawyer, Sara L. stood with Kaplan. Caplan later entered a not guilty plea on his client’s behalf because Meyers spoke only to agree that his next court date would be set for November 2, 2022.
The judge then ushered in a protective order requested by prosecutors that now prohibits Meyers from possessing any firearms or ammunition and prohibits him from contacting or coming within 100 yards of Efron.
“We request that the order of protection be mutual, Your Honor, because my client is not a threat,” Kaplan told Judge Victoria Wilson.
“As the case stands now, the case against Mr. Meyers is ongoing. If the latter is filed against Mr. Efron, we can deal with that,” Judge Wilson responded.
Kaplan then asked if mayors would be allowed to travel for work. Judge Wilson said he must first “clear the dates” with the court. Mayer, who remains free on $550,000 bond, could face up to nine years in prison if convicted.
Efron’s attorney, Jamal Tucson, also attended the hearing but declined to comment. A process server contacted a member of the mayor’s entourage, apparently seeking to serve him in a civil lawsuit.
According to Efron’s complaint, Meyers asked her to meet him at a location in Hollywood on Nov. 6, 2021 and “began a verbal altercation.”
“During this altercation and in close physical proximity to the plaintiff, the defendant drew a handgun and intentionally pointed it in the direction of the plaintiff and fired several shots,” the lawsuit states. Ephron was reportedly “hit by a bullet projectile / shrapnel” in his left hand and had to seek medical attention.
“Unbeknownst to Mr. Efron, A$AP Rocky wasn’t just planning the conversation and came armed with a semi-automatic handgun,” Tucson and his co-counsel Brian Hurwitz said in an earlier statement. Rolling Stone. “Upon arriving at the location, a conversation ensued in which without provocation, warning, or any justification, A$AP Rocky produced a handgun and intentionally fired several shots at Mr. Efron.”
Although the shooting took place in November, it wasn’t until the mayor’s surprise arrest in April that the rapper was linked to the incident. Meyers was returning from a trip to Barbados with a heavily pregnant Rihanna when he was detained shortly after landing at LAX airport a day after investigators also raided his Los Angeles home.
He soon posted bond and was out of custody when he and Rihanna welcomed their first child together in May. Earlier that month, Rihanna appeared in the music video for Meyers’ track “DMB”.
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