A$AP Rocky was charged with assault on Monday, August 15, following allegations that he’d fired a handgun at a former friend in November 2021. Per an announcement by the Los Angeles Police Department, A$AP Rocky (whose legal name is Rakim Mayers) is facing two counts of assault with a semiautomatic firearm. The charges follow his arrest in April, when the LAPD and ICE detained him as he was returning from a trip to Barbados with his girlfriend, Rihanna.
At the time of the rapper’s arrest, the LAPD reportedly searched A$AP Rocky’s L.A. home and released the details of the incident, which took place on November 6 in Hollywood near Vista del Mar and Selma Avenue. A news release from the LAPD referred to A$AP Rocky and the victim as “two acquaintances” and said that they had gotten into an argument that “escalated and resulted in the suspect firing a handgun.” The victim told officers that A$AP Rocky had shot at him “three to four times,” grazing his left hand, before fleeing with two other men. The shooting does not appear to have been reported in the press at the time.
In August 2022, Terell Ephron, a.k.a. A$AP Relli, came forward via his attorneys as the victim of the alleged shooting. Ephron, who used to be a member of A$AP Rocky’s rap group A$AP Mob and whom Rocky has credited for bringing him into the collective, says he has filed a civil suit against the musician for assault, battery, and emotional distress. Ephron’s attorneys claim that A$AP Rocky lured him to an obscure location for a “conversation” and intentionally shot at him “without provocation, warning, or any justification,” causing minor injuries to Ephron’s left hand. They added that Ephron has gotten “multiple death threats and irreparable harm to his career in the entertainment industry as a result of this incident.”
A$AP Rocky and Rihanna reportedly started dating in late 2020, though neither confirmed the relationship until May 2021, when he called her the “love of my life” in a GQ interview. A few months before his arrest, he and Rihanna announced they were expecting a baby, who arrived this spring.
A$AP Rocky has had several run-ins with the law in the past decade, including two assault charges following public altercations. In July 2019, he was arrested in Sweden after he and three members of his entourage got into a scuffle with a man in the street. Both parties claimed they’d acted in self-defense. A$AP Rocky was detained in Sweden for six weeks and, after a trial, convicted of simple assault and required to pay $1,270 in damages.
A$AP Rocky’s arraignment is set for August 17.
This post has been updated.