Rapper Mystikal was apprehended in Louisiana on Monday, accused of rape nearly a year after district attorneys dropped the charges that had kept him imprisoned in some other part of the state for 18 months, according to ABC News.
Michael “Mystikal” Tyler was apprehended on rape and domestic abuse battery charges, according to Sheriff Bobby Webre of Ascension Parish, just outside Baton Rouge, in a Post on Facebook Monday.
According to the sheriff’s office detainee lookup, the 51-year-old hip-hop superstar is being held without bond on ten charges.
Shreveport attorney Joel Pearce, who worked for the rapper in the previous case, thinks bond will be mentioned at a hearing in Ascension Parish on Tuesday.
“I’m expecting it to be a big bond,” he said.
Pearce stated that he hasn’t been retained for Tyler’s latest case, but that they are scheduled to meet on Wednesday or Thursday to review it. He stated that he will provide a statement at that time.
Pearce represented the hip hop artist in 2017 on accusations of sexual assault at a Shreveport casino in 2016. Prosecution dropped the rape and kidnapping charges in December 2020 after a grand jury heard fresh evidence that did not result in a new indictment.
Webre said officers were called to a hospital concerning a sexual assault sometime before midnight Sunday and questioned the victim, who had minor injuries.
“Through further investigation, Michael ‘Mystikal’ Tyler was identified as a suspect,” the statement said.
First-degree rape, simple robbery, false imprisonment, simple criminal damage to property, and drug charges, including possession of amphetamines, are among the new charges. Conviction for first-degree rape carries at least a life sentence, with the prosecutor having the option of seeking the death penalty.