Mystikal is dealing with his legal case.
The 51-year-old "Shake It Fast" rapper faces life after his first-degree rape and domestic abuse indictment. On Monday (September 19), he pleaded not guilty to the charges and drug possession.
Mystikal's attorney, Joel Pearce, said his client is "innocent of all charges." Regarding the drug charge, Pearce said, "My client doesn't even do drugs, so he has absolutely no idea what they were talking about."
The alleged attack happened on July 30 at Mystikal's home in Prairieville, Louisiana. NOLA reports on September 6, the Ascension Parish grand jury "handed up the rape charge and nine other criminal counts against the Grammy-nominated rapper. Sheriff deputies accused Tyler of "imprisoning, strangling, raping and robbing a woman during a financial dispute."
Following the alleged incident, Mystikal is also charged with a single count of domestic abuse, battery by strangulation, simple robbery, possession of heroin, illegal possession of Xanax, possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia, according to two indictments against him, the outlet reports. After police searched his home, he was hit with the two additional indictments on the same day.
Mystikal's attorney said he wasn't able to get copies of the indictments, but they were recently read in court. A few weeks ago, Pearce said he was looking forward to the case. He said, "It's an indictment. It means nothing. "
The alleged victim was in a long-term relationship with Mystikal "since the 1990s." The unidentified woman says on the night of the alleged abuse, Mystikal took her car keys and "held her against her will. In addition to allegedly raping her, she claims he "prayed with her to remove bad spirits."
It's noted Mystikal is registered as a lifetime sex offender after his 2003 conviction for sexual assault and extortion. He's had other arrests in the past for drug possession, domestic violence, and rape, but none led to his conviction. In 2017, he spent nearly 18 months in jail for a sexual assault case and was released on a $3 million bond. Pearce represented him in that case also.
Judge Steven Tureau of the 23rd Judicial District Court keeps Mystikal in Ascension Parish Prison without bail. The next hearing is set for October 17.