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Update: Rapper A$AP Rocky pleads not guilty in alleged ASAP Relli shooting

Update: Rapper A$AP Rocky pleads not guilty in alleged ASAP Relli shooting

A$AP Rocky has pleaded not guilty to two counts of assault with a firearm.

The rapper, who welcomed a baby with his girlfriend Rihanna earlier this year, appeared in person in an LA court on Wednesday to enter the pleas.

A$AP – real name Rakim Mayers – is alleged to have pointed a semi-automatic handgun at the victim, identified as fellow rapper ASAP Relli (real name Terell Ephron) before allegedly firing it in his direction in a subsequent confrontation in November last year.

Mayers was seen arriving at the courthouse dressed in a black suit and dark glasses and was escorted into a car after entering his pleas.

According to PA, Ephron has requested damages of $25,000 (£20,600) over the incident, plus additional damages to cover his medical bills.

Judge Victoria B Wilson handed Mayers a restraining order, which states he must stay 100 yards away from Ephron at all times and set a preliminary trial date of November 2.

Mayers’ bail has been set at $550,000 (£456,500), which he has paid.

It was previously reported that the 33-year-old and an accomplice allegedly got into an argument in Hollywood, which escalated to gunfire causing grazing to the alleged victim’s hand.

He was charged this week, with District Attorney George Gascon saying: ‘Discharging a gun in a public place is a serious offence that could have ended with tragic consequences not only for the person targeted but also for innocent bystanders visiting Hollywood.’

‘My office conducted a thorough review of the evidence in this case and determined that the addition of a special firearm allegation was warranted.’

In April, the rapper was arrested in connection to the shooting after landing at Los Angeles Airport following a trip to Barbados with his then-pregnant girlfriend Rihanna.

Source: Metro.co.uk

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