A$AP Rocky's Legal Issues Just Got Even More Dramatic

A$AP Rocky's legal trouble keeps on unfolding. The rapper, whose real name is Rakim Mayers, was arrested upon landing in Los Angeles on April 20 for his alleged connection to a shooting in November 2021, per TMZ. The alleged victim claimed that Rocky and two other men approached him. Rocky allegedly fired multiple rounds at him during a heated argument, with the victim claiming that "one of the bullets grazed his left hand," per NBC News. At the time of his arrest, Rocky was returning from a trip to Barbados with his girlfriend, Rihanna, who is pregnant with their first child.   

Following intense public interest, the LAPD posted a lengthy statement about the arrest to their Twitter account. "Early this morning, LAPD officers arrested Mayers for assault with a deadly weapon (firearm) at the Los Angeles International Airport," the statement read. "The case will be presented to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office for filing consideration." Meanwhile, NBC reported that Rocky was released from jail the same day upon making his $550,000 bail. 

With a tentative court date set for August 17, Rocky's fate remains in limbo. However, recent evidence unearthed by the LAPD may spell good news for the troubled rapper. 

A$AP Rocky's case gets more complicated

Shortly after arresting A$AP Rocky at LAX, Los Angeles cops undertook a thorough search of the rapper's home. The investigators hoped to find the weapon used in the alleged November 2021 shooting. Per TMZ, police allegedly arrested Rocky without giving him the chance to turn himself in — as they typically might — to prevent him from disposing of any potentially incriminating evidence. LAPD sourced told the outlet that cops left the scene with boxes full of evidence, including multiple guns — however, sources close to Rocky contradicted the LAPD sources, telling the outlet that no weapons were ever removed from the property because it was clear they were not connected to the alleged crime. The Rocky-connected sources told TMZ that all weapons allegedly found in Rocky's home were found to be "lawfully purchased and legally registered" and not used the shooting in question. 

Meanwhile, Rocky, and his girlfriend, Rihanna, have been carrying on with life as usual despite his ongoing legal drama. The pair was spotted grabbing dinner in LA a few days after his arrest. "Rihanna looked great. She sat next to A$AP and they were affectionate," an onlooker told People. "The focus was very much on Rihanna and the baby."