Rapper Mystikal again accused of rape; held without bond
Rapper Mystikal was jailed in Louisiana on Monday on sexual assault charges more than a year after prosecutors dropped charges that had kept him in prison for 18 months in another part of the state.
Michael “Mystical” Tyler was arrested on charges including sexual assault and domestic abuse, Sheriff Bobby Weber of Ascension Parish outside Baton Rouge said in a Facebook post Monday.
The 51-year-old hip-hop legend is in custody with 10 charges, according to the investigation of the prison police station.
Attorney Joel Pierce, of Shreveport, who represented the rapper in the previous case, said he believes the transplant will be discussed at Tuesday’s hearing in Ascension Parish.
“I expect it’s going to be a big tie,” he said.
Pierce said he has not been taken into custody for Tyler’s current case, but they are scheduled to meet Wednesday or Thursday to discuss the case. He said he will make a statement after that.
Pierce represented the rapper in 2017 on charges of sexual assault at a Shreveport casino in 2016. Prosecutors dropped the rape and kidnapping charges in December 2020 after presenting new evidence to a grand jury and a new indictment.
Shreveport is located more than 200 miles (320 km) northwest of Ascension Parish.
Weber said deputies were called to the hospital just before midnight Sunday about a sexual assault and interviewed the victim, who had minor injuries.
“Through further investigation, Michael ‘Mystical’ Tyler was identified as the suspect,” the statement said.
The new charges include first degree sexual assault, simple robbery, false imprisonment, simple criminal damage to property and drug charges including possession of amphetamine. A first-degree rape conviction carries a minimum sentence of life in prison — prosecutors can choose whether to seek the death penalty.
Tyler pleaded guilty to a sex offense in 2003 and served six years in prison.
In April 2021, he told The Associated Press that his past had put him in a “terrible fraternity” but that he was ready to move on.
Mystikal’s 2000 hit, “Shake (it Fast)” peaked at number 13 on the Billboard Hot 100. His 2000 album Let’s Get Ready went multi-platinum.
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