A$AP Rocky Pleads Not Guilty to Shooting at His Friend

A$AP Rocky pleaded not guilty to two counts of felony assault after he allegedly shot a firearm towards a former friend during a "heated discussion" back in 2021.

By Kelly Gilmore Aug 17, 2022 11:19 PMTags
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A$AP Rocky is maintaining his innocence.

The 33-year-old rapper—whose real name is Rakim Mayers—appeared in court on Aug. 17 and pleaded not guilty to two felony charges related to an incident in which he allegedly assaulted a former friend with a firearm while in Hollywood, Calif. back in November 2021, E! News confirmed.

After being arrested for the shooting in April, Rocky was charged with two counts of assault using a semiautomatic firearm, per a press release from the Los Angeles District Attorney's Office obtained by E! News on Aug. 15. According to the release, Rocky and A$AP Relli, whose real name is Terell Ephron, had "a heated discussion" when Rocky pointed a handgun at the former friend.

Following the alleged altercation, they then had a "subsequent confrontation" where officials say Rocky brought the firearm out again and fired it two times in Relli's direction.

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​Relli first came forward as the victim in Rocky's alleged incident to Rolling Stone, with his attorneys Jamal Tooson and Brian Hurwitz, sharing a statement recounting his experience.

"Unbeknownst to Mr. Ephron, A$AP Rocky was not just planning for a conversation and came armed with a semi-automatic handgun," they said. "After arriving at the location, a conversation ensued whereby without provocation, warning, or any justification, A$AP Rocky produced the handgun and intentionally fired multiple shots at Mr. Ephron."

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E! News has reached out to Rocky's rep and attorney as well as Relli's lawyer for comment but hasn't heard back.