- Rapper A$AP Rocky responded to a lawsuit filed by fellow rapper A$AP Relli claiming that he shot him.
- A$AP Rocky, whose real name is Rakim Mayers, is also facing aggravated assault charges connected to the shooting.
- Rocky claimed that Relli was shot due to his own negligence, according to court documents.
Rapper A$AP Rocky responded to a lawsuit from fellow rapper A$AP Relli claiming that Rocky shot him by saying that Relli’s own negligence is the reason he was shot, court documents show.
A$AP Rocky, whose real name is Rakim Mayers, was arrested in April shortly after returning from vacation with his girlfriend Rihanna and charged with two counts of aggravated assault in connection with the shooting.
Rihanna was pregnant at the time of Mayers’ arrest, and the couple has since had a child. Mayers has pleaded not guilty to both charges.
Mayers’s attorney, Joe Tacopina, told Insider that Mayers did not commit a crime. Tacopina said in a statement that “it was an extortion attempted by a former associate, who threatened to make false criminal accusations if Rocky didn’t pay him.”
“What will become abundantly clear in the upcoming months, based on facts and evidence, is that Rocky is innocent of these charges,” Tacopina said in the statement.
Attorneys for A$AP Relli, whose real name is Terrell Ephron, did not immediately return Insider’s requests for comment on Monday.
Ephron’s lawsuit, which was filed on August 10, claims that he met with Mayers on November 6, 2021, at a recording studio in Los Angeles where a “verbal altercation” ensued.
“During this altercation and while in close physical proximity to the Plaintiff, the Defendant pulled out a handgun and purposefully pointed it in the direction of the Plaintiff and fired multiple shots,” the lawsuit says.
The lawsuit claims that Ephron was struck by a bullet as a result of the incident and that most of the interaction was caught on video.
Mayers’ attorneys filed a response to the lawsuit on Thursday claiming that any damages or injuries mentioned in the lawsuit were “solely, directly and proximately” caused by “the negligent and/or intentional acts or omissions” of Ephron. The answer to the lawsuit says that if Ephron sustained any injuries under the circumstances alleged in the complaint, they were caused solely by his own negligence, lack of due care, or they were the fault of his employees.
The response asks that the court not award Ephron any damages, compensate Mayers for his attorney’s fees, and grant him any other relief that the court deems necessary.