A$AP Rocky’s lawyer Joe Tacopina claims his client is the victim of a failed shakedown by a ‘jealous’ former friend A$AP Relliwho fabricated a shooting charge.
Attorney Tacopina made these comments to rolling stone, shedding new light on the disputed incident that led to criminal charges and a civil suit against his client. Rocky is accused of using a gun on Relli, which the rapper has denied.
“Rocky didn’t shoot him in any way,” Tacopina told the magazine, calling the gun assault allegations “just a classic, blatant attempt at extortion.”
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The lawyer claims Relli harassed Rocky for money before he allegedly instigated a physical altercation in November during an in-person meeting and then tried to turn the confrontation into a shooting complaint.
“He’s a failed associate — an ex-partner — of Rocky, and he’s jealous,” Tacopina said of Relli. “He was trying to get money from Rocky. He wanted Rocky to support him. He was clear. There were repeated attempts where he tried to ask for money instead of not getting Rocky in trouble. That’s what he said. We’ve memorialized all of this in text messages and such, so it’s extortion.
Tacopina adds that Relli was the attacker during the incident: “He tried to attack Rocky, and another guy got involved, and he punched another guy in the face and knocked his teeth out, and well. sure now, according to him, he is a victim.”
Last month, A$AP Rocky, given his birth name Rakim Mayers, pleaded not guilty to two counts of using a semi-automatic firearm to assault Relli, given his birth name Terell Ephron. He remains free on $550,000 bail and could face up to nine years in prison if convicted.