NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Grammy-nominated rapper Mystikal pleaded not guilty on Monday to charges accusing him of raping and choking a woman at his home in Louisiana & of possessing several drugs.
The 51-year-old performer whose given name is Michael Tyler is innocent of all charges, attorney Joel Pearce said after the arraignment.
The charges include first-degree rape, which carries an automatic life sentence.
Charges also include simple criminal damage to property, false imprisonment, domestic abuse battery by strangulation, simple robbery, possession of heroin, marijuana, methamphetamine & Xanax & possession of drug paraphernalia.
“My client doesn’t even do drugs, so he has absolutely no idea what they were talking about,” Pearce said.
Prosecutors said they plan to bring up Tyler’s 2003 guilty plea to sexual battery & extortion as evidence of prior crimes.
Tyler & 2 bodyguards had videotaped themselves in sex acts with Tyler’s hairstylist. Tyler accused her of stealing $80,000 worth of his checks & told her he would not go to police if she did something “degrading.” The woman denied stealing any money.
He served 6 years in prison on that conviction.
Mystikal told The Associated Press in April 2021 that he used to be “a nasty lil’ rapper” but now is proud of lyrics he can imagine rapping to God.
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