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A$AP Rocky Pleads Not Guilty In Alleged Shooting Of Friend A$AP Relli

A$AP Rocky has been accused of allegedly shooting his friend A$AP Relli after an argument near a Hollywood hotel on November 6, 2021. 

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A$AP Rocky aka Rakim Mayers, who was accused of firing his friend, Terell Ephron aka A$AP Relli, reportedly pleaded not guilty to the charges ahead of an upcoming trial. 

On Monday, Rihanna's boyfriend entered a new not-guilty plea to felony gun charges, including two felony counts of assault with a semiautomatic firearm, as per reports in Rolling Stone and The Guardian.

If convicted on all charges, A$AP Rocky could serve up to 24 years in prison. 

Meanwhile, USA TODAY contacted the lawyers for Mayers and Ephron for comment.

For those unaware, Rocky has been accused of allegedly shooting his friend Relli after an argument near a Hollywood hotel on November 6, 2021. 

According to a statement tweeted by LAPD in April 2022, it stated that the argument led to Rocky "firing a handgun" at Ephron. 

Police reported that Ephron sustained minor injuries while Rocky and two other men fled the scene of the crime. 

A video was shown in court that showed a group of men, two of whom officials identified as Rocky and Ephron, who were involved in a verbal spat. 

Also, a video shown to the court preliminary hearing had the sound of two gunshots and a man running around a corner and beginning to walk. Though the man was unidentified, a Los Angeles Police Department detective said that it was the Billboard chart-topping rapper.

Earlier, at the hearing, a photo of Relli's minor injuries was shown in the courtroom and it showed small patches of raw, bloody skin on the knuckles of his index, middle and ring fingers on his left hand.

Relli filed a civil suit for assault, battery and emotional distress against Rocky on August 10, 2022,

according to legal documents obtained by People. However, the latter denied all claims.

Rocky's next hearing in the court is on March 6.

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