Rapper Mystikal has been arrested, charged with first degree rape and battery

Mystikal faces a third count of rape and assault.

Police from the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office arrested the rapper, whose real name is Michael Tyler, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, just before midnight Saturday after officers responded to a “hospital in connection with the sexual assault,” Sheriff Bobby Wemre said in a news release Monday.

“Detectives interviewed the victim who suffered minor injuries during the assault,” Webre added.

Tyler has been charged with three felonies and two misdemeanors regarding the alleged incident, including first-degree rape, domestic abuse (strangulation) and simple robbery, arrest records seen by the USA TODAY show.

The investigation is ongoing, Webre said in the news release.

USA TODAY has reached out to representatives for Mystikal for comment.

Rapper Mystikal has been publicly accused of rape for the third time.

Rapper Mystikal has been publicly accused of rape for the third time.

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This is the third time Mystikal has been publicly accused of sexual assault.

A woman accused the “Shake Ya (Expletive)” rapper of sexual assault in 2002, and in December 2020 he was acquitted of a second count of rape and kidnapping stemming from a 2016 charge.

Mystikal was accused of rape in 2016

The Louisiana rapper initially denied involvement with an alleged victim stemming from a 2016 first-degree rape charge. He spent 18 months in jail before being released on $3 million bail. The Caddo Parish, Louisiana district attorney closed the investigation after new evidence was presented to a second grand jury that declined to indict. The prosecutor then filed a motion to dismiss the charges.

The long ordeal “was like a recurring bad dream,” he told The Associated Press in April 2021. “I didn’t know how it was going to work.”

The female victim alleged the rape occurred after his 2016 performance at a “Legends of Southern Hip-Hop” concert stop in Shreveport, Louisiana, according to police records obtained by the AP.

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Britney Green, who oversaw the case for the Caddo Parish District Attorney’s Office, told the newspaper it was important to remember “that there is a distinction between innocent and innocent and also that because a case is dismissed or a case is resolved other than the trial, that it does not necessarily mean that an incident did not occur.”

Mystikal was arrested for rape stemming from incidents in 2002, 2016 and 2022.

Mystikal was arrested for rape stemming from incidents in 2002, 2016 and 2022.

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Mystikal pleaded guilty to sexual assault following an incident in 2002

In 2002, Mystikal was accused of rape and blackmail by his then hairdresser. The victim claimed he forced her to perform sexual acts on him and two bodyguards in retaliation for allegedly cashing $80,000 worth of unauthorized checks from his account.

The acts were filmed and the video would seal his fate. Hoping to avoid the potential life sentence that a rape charge can carry in Louisiana, Mystikal pleaded guilty in 2003 to sexual assault and served six years in prison.

“I learned from the first situation,” Mystikal said in the AP interview.

He said he has vowed not to put himself “in situations where things like this can happen. I’m too old for that.” He also said that he no longer hangs out with groupies or indulges in the rock star lifestyle. “I don’t put on a show and get the ladies (excited) and put them in the eye and take advantage (of being a celebrity) … That was a young Mystikal.”

If you are a survivor of sexual assault, RAINN offers support through the National Sexual Assault Hotline (800.656.HOPE & online.rainn.org).

Contributed by The Associated Press

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Mystikal Arrested for Rape, Felony Charged with Battery, Robbery

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