A$AP Rocky faces a pivotal moment as a Los Angeles judge is set to hear evidence on Monday to decide whether he will be ordered to stand trial on two felony counts of assault with a semiautomatic firearm. The 35-year-old rap star, who has pleaded not guilty, is accused of firing a gun at former friend and collaborator Terell Ephron outside a Hollywood hotel on November 6, 2021.
Prosecutors allege that Rocky pointed a handgun at Ephron and later fired shots that grazed Ephron’s knuckles. The judge will evaluate the evidence presented during the preliminary hearing to determine if there’s enough to proceed to trial. The initial hearing included testimony from Ephron, who once went by A$AP Relli, detailing the fraying of his friendship with Rocky over failed business ventures and perceived neglect of their high school collective members.
Prosecutors presented surveillance video capturing part of the incident, showing Rocky allegedly brandishing a gun, though his defence denies that he fired it. Rocky, a two-time Grammy nominee, was arrested in April at Los Angeles International Airport and charged in August. He attended the first hearing on November 8 and is expected to be in court on Monday.
Rocky, known for his contributions to the A$AP collective, became a fashion influencer and co-parent to Rihanna, with whom he had a second child in May. Represented by lawyer Joe Tacopina, who previously represented Donald Trump, Rocky faces potential legal consequences for the alleged firearm assault. The judge could decide on whether to proceed to trial following Monday’s hearing, though the process may take additional time.
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