Rapper Mystikal has been arrested for first-degree rape, felony domestic violence by strangulation and other charges in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
The 51-year-old, real name Michael Tyler, was arrested on Sunday evening after local police spoke with a person who allegedly suffered a sexual assault at a nearby hospital.
Tyler, who achieved worldwide success in 2000 with Shake Ya Ass and was subsequently nominated for two Grammy awards, served a six-year sentence in 2004 after being convicted of sexual assault and extortion.
Tyler pleaded guilty to forcing his hairdresser to perform what a judge called “continuous sexual acts” after accusing her of stealing $80,000 from his checks. The woman denied stealing the money.
In 2012, Tyler was jailed for three months after an arrest for misdemeanor domestic violence, which was later called by Tyler’s attorney an “unfortunate incident” between two domestic partners “who care for one another. other for 10 years”. The victim was the mother of his two children.
In an April 2021 interview with The Associated Press, Tyler opened up about changing his life and taking a different approach with his music.
“When I look back and listen to the music, man, I was a mean little rapper,” he said. “A lot of my music now, I imagine myself rapping it to God and if I can rap it, I’m proud.”