A$AP Rocky formally charged with felonies
Rapper A$AP Rocky was charged with two felonies earlier this week for pulling a gun on a former friend and firing in Hollywood last year, prosecutors said.
The Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office charged the 33-year-old New York native, whose legal name is Rakim Athelaston Mayers, with two counts of assault with a semi-automatic firearm. Prosecutors allege that during an argument on November 6, 2021, Mayers pointed the handgun at the victim. Then in a subsequent confrontation he drew the gun again and fired twice in the direction of the man who sustained a minor injury. His name has not been released.
A$AP Rocky has not entered a plea to the charges. He is scheduled to be arraigned today. An email seeking comment from representatives was not immediately returned.
"Discharging a gun in a public place is a serious offence that could have ended with tragic consequences not only for the person targeted but also for innocent bystanders visiting Hollywood," said District Attorney George Gascon said in a statement.
A$AP Rocky and two other men fled the scene after he fired the gun, police said. He was first arrested for the incident at Los Angeles International Airport on April 20, and was released on bail the same day. A member of the Harlem hip hop collective A$AP Mob, A$AP Rocky first made his mark in music with the single Peso in 2011. His 2013 debut album Long. Live. A$AP went to No. 1 on the Billboard 200, as did its 2015 follow-up At. Long. Last. A$AP. He has been nominated for two Grammy Awards.
He is in a relationship with pop superstar Rihanna and the two had a son in May. A$AP Rocky released his last studio album four years ago and like Rihanna has become as known for fashion trendsetting as he is for music.