Rapper Mystikal pleads not guilty to rape and drug trafficking
Grammy-nominated rapper Mystikal pleaded not guilty on Monday to charges accusing him of raping and suffocating a woman at his home in Louisiana and possession of multiple drugs.
The 51-year-old entertainer whose first name is Michael Tyler is innocent of all charges, attorney Joel Pearce said after the arraignment in Ascension Parish Court in Gonzales, about 15 miles from Baton Rouge .
The charges include first-degree rape, which carries an automatic life sentence.
Pearce said he was unable to obtain copies of the two indictments, but they were read aloud in court.
The charges also include simple criminal damage to property, false imprisonment, battery of domestic violence by strangulation, larceny theft, possession of heroin, marijuana, methamphetamine and Xanax, and possession of paraphernalia. drug use, he said.
“My client doesn’t even use drugs, so he has absolutely no idea what he was talking about,” Pearce said in a phone interview during his 250-mile (402 kilometer) drive from Gonzales to Shreveport.
He said bail could be discussed at a hearing on October 17. Prosecutors said they plan to bring up Tyler’s 2003 guilty plea to sexual assault and extortion as evidence of prior crimes, Pearce said.
Tyler and two bodyguards filmed themselves having sex with Tyler’s hairdresser. The prosecutor in that case, Sue Bernie, said in 2003 that the woman told investigators that Tyler had accused her of stealing $80,000 from her checks and told her he would not go to court. police if she did something “degrading”. The woman denied stealing any money, Bernie said.
A letter in court records prior to Tyler’s sentencing said he paid the woman $350,000.
He served six years in prison on that conviction, which came the same year he was nominated for two Grammy awards. He also received a Grammy Award nomination in 2001.
Pearce said he doesn’t know what the woman now accusing Tyler was allegedly robbed of, but the criminal damage charge accuses her of breaking the strap of her Apple Watch.
Pearce represented Tyler on rape and kidnapping charges that Northwestern Louisiana prosecutors dropped in December 2020. Those charges, brought in 2017, had kept Tyler in jail for nearly 18 months before he was released bail of $3 million.
“People keep saying this is the third time he’s been charged” with rape, Pearce said, but Tyler pleaded guilty to a lesser charge in Baton Rouge. “And in Caddo Parish, after a grand jury indicted him, they unindicted him.”
Mystikal told The Associated Press in April 2021 that he was “a mean little rapper” but is now proud of the lyrics he can imagine rapping to God.
This story was originally published September 19, 2022 2:05 p.m.