A$AP Rocky Charged With Felony Assault with a Firearm

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Update, Monday, August 15 at 11:55 p.m.: A$AP Rocky has been charged by the Los Angeles district attorney with felony assault with a firearm, according to Deadline. Rocky (born Rakim Mayers) reportedly faces two counts of assault with a semiautomatic firearm over a Hollywood shooting that took place in November 2021. “Discharging a gun in a public place is a serious offense that could have ended with tragic consequences not only for the person targeted but also for innocent bystanders visiting Hollywood,” District Attorney George Gascón said in a press release. “My office conducted a thorough review of the evidence in this case and determined that the addition of a special firearm allegation was warranted.” Allegedly, the rapper fired multiple shots at Terell Ephron, a.k.a. former A$AP Mob member A$AP Relli, who has filed a lawsuit over the shooting. Rocky was arrested in connection to the incident in April 2022, when he was on his way back from a vacation with Rihanna. He is still currently scheduled to be arraigned on August 17.

Original story published August 15, 2022 follows.

Back in April, A$AP Rocky was arrested in connection with a shooting the previous November in Hollywood. Today, Terell Ephron, a.k.a. former A$AP Mob member A$AP Relli, has come forward as the victim in the alleged shooting. In a joint statement from him and his lawyer, Ephron told Rolling Stone that he plans on filing a lawsuit against Rocky (born Rakim Mayers). Ephron claims Mayers lured him to central Hollywood “to discuss a disagreement between the two of them.” LAPD cites the location as the intersection of Selma Avenue and Argyle Avenue, just off the main drag of Vine Street and about a block between the Hollywood Palladium and an Equinox gym. During their discussion, Ephron says Rocky drew a weapon and fired multiple shots “without provocation, warning, or any justification.” According to the statement, the entire thing was caught on nearby surveillance cameras.

Ephron and Mayers met at New York’s Bayard Rustin High School for the Humanities. Rocky said in an episode of Kerwin Frost Talks that Relli was the one to bring him into A$AP Mob. Relli’s statement did not comment on the pair’s relationship beyond the fact that he expects the suit to go to trial. Meanwhile, Rocky’s criminal trial is set to begin August 17.

A$AP Rocky Charged With Felony Assault with a Firearm