A$AP Rocky charged for alleged assault with a firearm: What could it mean for the rapper and Rihanna?

'The addition of a special firearm allegation was warranted'
A$AP Rocky and Rihanna
A$AP Rocky and Rihanna Photo credit Victor Boyko/Getty Images for Gucci
By , Audacy

Rapper and new father A$AP Rocky has been charged in connection with firearms and assault offenses stemming from his arrest earlier this year in connection to a November 2021 shooting investigation.

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Back in April of this year, A$AP Rocky, real name Rakim Mayers, was detained at Los Angeles International Airport upon returning from vacationing in Barbados with Rihanna, who gave birth to their first child together less than a month later. Rocky was later released after posting a $550,000 bond.

The New York rapper had been under investigation by the LAPD for an incident that took place in November of 2021, where an alleged shooting victim told police that Rocky had approached with a handgun shot at him multiple times, claiming one of the bullets grazed his hand. Police corroborated that the shooting victim, “sustained a minor injury from the incident and later sought his medical treatment.”

According to the latest reports, LA County District Attorney George Gascón announced on August 15 that charges had officially been filed against the rapper, saying “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,” in a statement. “My office conducted a thorough review of the evidence in this case and determined that the addition of a special firearm allegation was warranted,” he added.

Although no one was killed, the shooting of whom the statement also calls a "former friend" remains an open LAPD investigation, meaning new parents Rocky and Rihanna will likely need to stay close by to provide additional statements. Rocky's arraignment is scheduled for Wednesday, August 17.

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