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Mystikal Denied Bond In Rape Case

Bond was denied due to the rapper’s criminal history and the victim’s fear of retaliation.

Bond has been denied for Louisiana rapper Mystikal who is accused of raping and choking a woman at his home outside of Baton Rouge.

The 51-year-old, born Michael Tyler, will be held until trial in the case where prosecutors allege that he beat, raped, and robbed a woman during a financial dispute, according to The New Orleans Advocate. 

The report notes that the rapper held the woman against her will and, at one point, prayed with her to remove her “bad spirits,” according to an arrest warrant.

Related: Mystikal Charged With Several Felonies, Including Rape And Battery

He has been charged with first-degree rape, simple robbery, felony domestic abuse battery by strangulation and two other counts in Ascension Parish.

Reportedly, during the assault the woman suffered cuts and bruises and injuries consistent with rape.

Judge Steven Tureau considered the weight of the evidence against Tyler, his past criminal history—which includes several charges of sexual assault and one conviction, and the fear of the alleged victim during the one-hour hearing and decided to hold Tyler without bail.

The rapper is a lifetime registered sex offender stemming from his 2003 conviction of sexual assault and extortion. He served six years in prison for that crime. His attorney, Roy Maughan Jr., had argued that he should be allowed to go free on $250,000 bail, in part because he had not been arrested for another crime or missed court since 2003.

The rapper, who is best known for his 2000 hit single, “Shake (It Fast),” is no longer signed to a record label—but had still been touring and reportedly had dates scheduled this summer which will be canceled.

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