Mystikal denied bond after latest sexual-assault allegation

Mystikal was denied bail after he claimed he punched, raped and robbed a woman during a financial dispute at his suburban home in Baton Rouge, La.

The Grammy nominee, whose real name is Michael Lawrence Tyler, was accused of assaulting the woman in Prairieville on Saturday and allegedly taking her car keys and holding her at his home against her will, local newspaper The Advocate reported. He also prayed with her to get rid of “evil spirits,” the newspaper said, citing the rapper’s arrest warrant.

The 51-year-old rapper, who is a convicted sex offender, was arrested and charged Sunday after law enforcement officials responded to a hospital where a victim who suffered minor injuries identified him as a suspect, the Ascension Township Sheriff’s Office said . He was charged with first degree rape, simple robbery, domestic violence, strangulation, false imprisonment and simple criminal damage to property.

Mystikal appeared in handcuffs at a hearing Tuesday and pleaded innocent, the attorney said. His longtime defense attorney, Roy Maughan Jr., initially asked for $250,000 bail. But Louisiana District Judge Steven Tureau refused to post bail for the recording artist, saying evidence against him, his story and the accuser’s stated fears met the standard for an arrest without bail, the Associated Press reported.

According to website XXL, the “Danger (Been So Long)” artist is now also facing five drug offenses.

After the hearing, Maughan told the attorney he was unlikely to appeal the Bond verdict.

“There was never any evidence of domestic violence between them,” Maughan told reporters, XXL said. “We [are] extremely disappointed that the judge decided to hold Mr. Tyler unbonded, feeling that he could possibly do something different to the victim and I don’t think Mr. Tyler can do that.”

Maughan did not immediately respond to The Times request for comment on Thursday.

The former No Limit star and the woman were reportedly in a long-term relationship and feuded over $100. Sheriff’s Dept. Garrett Keith testified during Tuesday’s hour-long hearing that the woman went to Mystikal’s home on Saturday night to discuss his past financial obligations to her, the attorney said. Mystikal’s demeanor changed significantly after he went to the bathroom, and he began accusing the woman of stealing cash and hitting, choking, and pulling her hair out, Keith said. The hip-hop star later apologized, prayed with her and threw rubbing alcohol to cleanse her “evil spirits” before allegedly raping her, the officer testified.

Deputies later found some of the woman’s braids in the apartment, as well as an earring and a broken nail. The woman suffered bruises and cuts and some of her wounds suggested rape, Keith said.

Citing the warrant, local ABC affiliate WBRZ reported that a search of the home found the rapper had meth, Xanax, heroin, marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

Rapper “Stutter” was convicted of sexual assault nearly two decades ago after pleading guilty in 2003 in hopes of reducing the potential life sentence that rape can carry in Louisiana. He served six years in prison and was released in 2010.

He was recently acquitted of charges of rape and kidnapping in 2016. The New Orleans-born artist was charged separately with rape and kidnapping in 2017 and served 18 months in prison before being released on a $3 million bond in 2019, the Associated Press reported. The district attorney of Caddo Parish in Louisiana dropped the charges against him after a second grand jury declined to find charges.

Donovan Jackson of the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office told WBRZ that Mystikal will not receive preferential treatment because he is famous.

“He’s going to be in the general population and he’s going to be incarcerated like everyone else,” Jackson said.

Maughan told the Advocate that while Mystikal is not currently signed to a major record label, he has a number of performances and tour dates in the coming months that have been postponed as a result of Tuesday’s ruling.

“We need to reach out to the promoters and tell them he won’t be available and do our best to limit the resulting damage,” Maughan said.

https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/music/story/2022-08-04/mystikal-denied-bond-details-rape-allegations Mystikal denied bond after latest sexual-assault allegation

Sarah Ridley

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