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ASAP Rocky sued by shooting victim and former best friend after 2021 gun incident

Metro logo Metro 17/08/2022 Cydney Yeates
ASAP Rocky’s former best friend is suing him (Picture: Wire Image) © Provided by Metro ASAP Rocky’s former best friend is suing him (Picture: Wire Image)

ASAP Rocky is being sued for $25,000 (£20,600) by his former best friend ASAP Relli following allegations that he shot and injured him.

Relli, real name Terell Ephron, claims that Rocky, real name Rakim Mayers, brandished a firearm at him and later discharged it in an incident in November last year.

Lawyers for Ephron claim that Mayers’ conduct was ‘unlawful or otherwise extreme and outrageous’ and caused their client to suffer ‘severe emotional distress’.

It comes as Mayers, who recently welcomed his first child with Rihanna, is due to appear in a Los Angeles court to be arraigned today (Wednesday 17 August) after being charged with two counts of assault with a firearm.

In legal documents filed last week, Ephron set out his claim and asked that the case be taken to trial.

‘Defendant (Mayers) purposefully or with reckless disregard, unlawfully brandished a firearm towards the Plaintiff (Ephron),’ the documents read.

The rapper’s ex pal ASAP Relli claims that Rocky brandished a firearm at him and later discharged it in an incident in November last year (Picture: Wire Image) © Provided by Metro The rapper’s ex pal ASAP Relli claims that Rocky brandished a firearm at him and later discharged it in an incident in November last year (Picture: Wire Image)

‘Further, Defendant purposefully or with reckless disregard caused a bullet projectile/ fragment to hit the Plaintiff.

‘In both instances, Defendant’s conduct was unlawful or otherwise extreme and outrageous.’

The filing added: ‘Defendant violated Penal Code Section 245 when he unlawfully aimed a loaded firearm and pointed it in the direction of the Plaintiff.

‘This action was a substantial factor in causing the Plaintiff to suffer physiological, mental, and emotional harm.’

As well as the $25,000 sum, lawyers have requested that Mayers pay additional damages to cover medical bills.

ASAP and Rihanna welcomed their first child together in May (Picture: Getty) © Provided by Metro ASAP and Rihanna welcomed their first child together in May (Picture: Getty)

The Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office said Mayers faces two counts of assault with a semi-automatic firearm with allegations of personally using a firearm.

‘Discharging a gun in a public place is a serious offence that could have ended with tragic consequences not only for the person targeted but also for innocent bystanders visiting Hollywood,’ District Attorney George Gascon said.

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‘My office conducted a thorough review of the evidence in this case and determined that the addition of a special firearm allegation was warranted.’

Mayers was arrested in April in connection to the shooting after landing at Los Angeles Airport following a trip to Barbados with his then-pregnant girlfriend Rihanna.

Police took the star into custody at the airport while LAPD officers searched his home at the same time.

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