A$AP Rocky Arrested at LAX in Connection With 2021 Shooting
A$AP Rocky was detained on Wednesday at Los Angeles International Airport in connection with a November 2021 shooting, Los Angeles Airport Police confirmed.
Rocky, whose real name is Rakim Mayers, was arriving on a private plane from Barbados, where he had been on vacation with Rihanna, his girlfriend. The two are expecting a child together.
Rocky’s attorney, Alan Jackson, confirmed to NBC News that his client had been arrested. Reps for Rocky, the Los Angeles Police Department and Jackson either did not confirm or did not immediately respond to Variety‘s requests for comment.
In a statement on the arrest, the LAPD wrote: “On November 6, 2021, around 10:15 p.m., an argument between two acquaintances occurred in the area of Selma Avenue and Argyle Avenue, in the Hollywood Area. The argument escalated and resulted in the suspect firing a handgun at the victim. The victim sustained a minor injury from the incident and later sought his medical treatment. Following the shooting, the suspect and two additional males fled the area on foot.
Detectives worked diligently to investigate and corroborate the reporting information which helped
identify the suspect(s) involved. The suspect has been identified as 33-year-old Rakim Mayers, a Los Angeles resident, also known as music artist A$AP Rocky.
Early this morning, LAPD officers arrested Mayers for Assault with a deadly weapon (firearm) at the Los Angeles International Airport.
This case will be presented to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office for filing consideration.”
In a highly publicized case in 2019, A$AP Rocky and two other men were jailed in Sweden for several weeks on assault charges; while prosecutors had asked the court to impose a six-month sentence, the men argued self-defense and were released after nearly a month in jail.
Variety will have more on the situation as it develops.
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