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A rumor is sweeping the blogs that Rihanna offered to pay ASAP Relli millions of dollars to make A$AP Rocky's assault charges go away.

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Relli told police Rocky (pictured) pointed a semi-automatic handgun at him and fired the gun in his direction in Hollywood last November. But he missed his target.

Rocky appeared in a Los Angeles courtroom last week where he pleaded not guilty to two counts of assault with a firearm.

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On Monday, Aug. 15, the Los Angeles district attorney charged Rocky with felony assault with a firearm.

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Now there are reports that Rihanna is trying to save her baby daddy from going to prison by paying off Relli.

But even if Relli dropped the charges (in exchange for cash), the prosecutor can still try A$AP Rocky in court if there are other witnesses to the crime.

Paying off the accuser only works in the movies.

And if word gets to the prosecutor that Relli accepted a payoff in exchange for his silence, Relli could face charges himself.

Don't believe everything you read on the Internet.

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A$AP Rocky appeared in a Los Angeles courtroom where he pleaded not guilty to two counts of assault with a firearm.

Rocky faces charges of assault in a shooting incident involving fellow rapper ASAP Relli last November.

Relli told police Rocky pointed a semi-automatic handgun at him and fired the gun in his direction.

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Rocky, 33, was arrested in April and charged with assault with a deadly weapon. He was released on $550,000 bond.

On Monday, Aug. 15, the Los Angeles district attorney charged Rocky with felony assault with a firearm.

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Rocky, whose real name is Rakim Mayers, wore a suit and freshly braided hair as he arrived at a Los Angeles courthouse.

Relli, real name Terell Ephron, filed a lawsuit against Rocky last week. He is seeking $25,000 plus legal fees.

Lawyers for Relli said Mayer's behavior was "extreme and outrageous" and had caused their client to suffer "extreme emotional distress".

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Rihanna and Rocky arrived on their private jet as they returned to Los Angeles for his court date. A bodyguard carefully carried the baby in a car seat before A$AP walked off the plane with Rihanna close behind him.

Rihanna and Rocky live in her native Barbados with their son.

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Rapper Young Thug is facing new RICO charges involving a machine gun, drugs and gang activity.

The Fulton County District Attorney's Office filed new charges in Fulton Superior Court on Friday, August 5.

The new indictment charges Young Thug with possessing a Glock handgun equipped with a switch that converts it into a machine gun capable of firing 100 rounds of ammunition in less than 30 seconds.

Young Thug, real name Jeffery Williams, was arrested in May and charged with conspiracy to violate Georgia's Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO).

26 alleged gang members affiliated with Young Thug's Young Slime Life (YSL) street gang were also arrested. Rapper Gunna turned himself in and is facing a single RICO charge.

The co-conspirators were employees of Young Stoner Life Records, Thugga's record label based in Atlanta.

They have all been jailed without bond since their arrests.

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Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis' office told WSB-TV the new indictment includes all 28 defendants and focuses on criminal activities committed by YSL, which was founded by Young Thug and two others.

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Willis called Young Thug's YSL "a hybrid gang that operates here in Atlanta and it's an affiliate of the Bloods gang."

She said the gang was responsible for 80% of the violent crimes and murders in the Atlanta area.

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Chloe Bailey is reportedly "devastated" after her boyfriend, rapper Gunna was charged with violating the state's RICO Act.

Gunna surrendered to authorities overnight Wednesday and was booked into the Fulton County Jail. He is facing one charge of violating the RICO Act.

The 28-year-old rapper, real name Sergio Kitchens, faces life in prison if convicted.

A previous post incorrectly stated that Gunna and rapper Young Thug were facing federal RICO charges. They were charged under a state RICO Act.

Faithful Chloe promised to stay loyal to Gunna while he fights the charges.

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The 56-count indictment alleges rapper Young Thug (left) with Gunna (right) committed theft by recieving stolen property, possession of meth, hydrocodone and marijuana with the intent to distribute. Young Thug is already in custody in Fulton County.

One of Chloe's friends told Media Take Out, "Chloe is going to hold [Gunna] down until he gets home."

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The singer is one half of sibling duo Chloe x Halle. They were discovered by singer Beyonce while singing cover songs on YouTube.

Chloe took to Instagram to praise God for giving her the strength to make it through the storm.

"First I started off as a Cocoon were God worked on me but with his grace, love and mercy, even if he is still working on me, I am now a BUTTERFLY."

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Rapper Lil Baby's 4PF (4 Pockets Full) record label is identified as a street gang in a leaked GBI documents that also lists rapper Young Thug's label.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) is throwing a wide net over dozens of street gangs masquerading as rap record labels in Atlanta.

The GBI says gang bangers-turned-rappers in Atlanta use record labels to cover their criminal enterprises.

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Young Thug (right), Gunna (left) and 26 members of Thug's YSL street gang were arrested this week and are currently sitting in the Fulton County Jail.

Both rappers face charges of violating the Georgia RICO Act, which was originally created to combat organized crime.

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Lil Baby's 4PF label is identified as a street gang in the GBI documents that leaked online.

Last week, Lil Baby teamed up with Memphis Grizzlies star Ja Morant and Beats By Dre for a new TV commercial which features his new song "Dark Mode."
 

 
Correction: An earlier version of this post stated that the defendants were charged under the federal RICO Act. In fact, they are charged under Georgia's RICO law, a felony.

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Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis used rapper Young Thug's lyrics against him in a 56-count indictment.

In the 88-page indictment, Willis cited nine of the rapper's songs as evidence against him.

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The lyrics include "I never killed anybody but I got something to do with that body," and "I killed his man in front of his momma."

Young Thug, real name Jeffery Williams, allegedly rented a 2014 Infiniti Q50 sedan from Hertz, which was used in the 2015 murder of Donovan Thomas Jr., the leader of a rival gang.

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Rapper YFN Lucci, one of the people charged with killing Thomas, is a member of Thug's YSL record label/street gang. Lucci (pictured) is currently in Fulton County Jail awaiting trial.

Police allege Young Thug ordered two YSL members to kill Lucci in jail.

TMZ reports Lucci claimed someone stabbed him in jail earlier this year. He wants to be released on bond while he awaits trial. However, a judge denied his request. Lucci has been locked up since 2021.

Thug's attorney maintains his client is a talented rapper whose music is his art. He said YSL is not a street gang.

Thug is being held without bond.
 

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Rapper Gunna surrendered to authorities in Fulton County, Georgia overnight. Gunna, whose real name is Sergio Kitchens, turned himself in around 2:30 a.m. Wednesday, WSB-TV reports.

The rapper was indicted on state Racketeer Influence and Corrupt Organizations violations (RICO Act).

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The indictment alleges Gunna (left) and rapper Young Thug (right) committed theft by receiving stolen property, possession of meth, hydrocodone and marijuana with the intent to distribute. Young Thug is already in custody in Fulton County.

Gunna, 28, is expected to appear in court Wednesday morning.

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Thug, who was born Jeffery Williams, was arrested Monday at his Buckhead home. The 30-year-old is accused of conspiring with others to commit a pattern of racketeering activity including obtaining money and property illegally.

The 88-page, 56-count indictment charged the defendants with obtaining money, weapons, and other property through acts of racketeering activity, including robbery, receiving stolen guns, theft, and the unlawful sale and distribution of drugs dating back to 2013.

Thug is accused of renting a vehicle that was used in the 2015 murder of a gang rival.

Young Thug's attorney Brian Steel told Channel 2's Mark Winne he will fight "to my last drop of blood to clear him."
 
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Atlanta rapper Young Thug (pictured) was arrested Monday on charges of violating Georgia's RICO statute and criminal street gang activity.

The 30-year-old rapper, real name Jeffery Lamar Williams, was taken into custody Monday at his Buckhead mansion near Atlanta.

He is charged with conspiracy to violate the Racketeering, Influence and Corrupt Organization Act (RICO). The RICO Act was originally created to bring down the mafia.

Video footage posted to Twitter shows the rapper being taken into custody by Atlanta police.

Young Thug was booked into the Fulton County Jail on Monday evening and is being held without bond.

He is among 28 people named in felony indictments that were unsealed Monday. Thug's associate, rapper Gunna is also under indictment. Gunna is only facing racketeering charges.

Gunna, born Sergio Kitchens, 28, was not in police custody as of Monday night.
 
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Police raided Young Thug's Atlanta mansion, tearing the house apart, knocking holes in walls, and even digging up the backyard, TMZ reports.

Young Thug is accused of renting a car that was used in the 2015 murder of a gang rival.

Also indicted were 26 members of the rapper's Young Slime Life (YSL) record label in Atlanta.

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The feds accuse Thug, Gunna and YSL record label of affiliation with the national Bloods street gang.

The 88 page, 56-count indictment charged the defendants with obtaining money, weapons, and other property through acts of racketeering activity, including robbery, receiving stolen guns, theft, and the unlawful sale and distribution of drugs dating back to 2013.

Young Thug's attorney Brian Steel told Channel 2's Mark Winne he will fight "to my last drop of blood to clear him."

"We expect that in coming days weeks and months that we will bring RICO indictments against gang members even top level gang members to make sure that we rid them from our society," said Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis in an interview with Winne last week.

In March, a gunman shot and killed the mother of Young Thug's 14-year-old son at an Atlanta bowling alley. A suspect was charged in that case.

Thug is expected to make his first court appearance Tuesday morning.
 

 
Correction: An earlier version of this post stated that the defendants were charged under the federal RICO Act. In fact, they are charged under Georgia's RICO law, a felony.

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Tory Lanez was handcuffed in a California courtroom after he appeared for a hearing in his felony assault case on Tuesday.

Lanez, real name Daystar Peterson, is charged with shooting rapper Megan Thee Stallion during an incident in Calabasas, CA. in 2020.

The rapper was reportedly arrested after he arrived at the Los Angeles courthouse for his hearing. According to Rolling Stone reporter Nancy Dillion, Lanez, 29, was handcuffed in court and remanded to custody until he posts bail of $350,000.

The judge reportedly found Lanez in violation of the no contact order against him.

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Lanez allegedly violated the order by posting messages about the case on social media. The judge determined that Lanez directed some of his tweets at Megan Thee stallion, whose legal name is Megan Pete, 27.

Dillon went on to say:

"Judge David Herriford heard nearly an hour of argument about Lanez's tweets and said some 'seem to be clear messages' to Megan. He added a new condition to Lanez's release that he's 'not to mention the complaining witness in this case in any social media.'"

Lanez's assault trial is set for September 14, 2022.

The Los Angeles County D.A.'s Office previously issued a statement saying they are confident evidence supports the felony assault charge against Lanez.

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Young Dolph's alleged killer Justin Johnson says he is indigent and cannot afford to hire an attorney to represent him in court.

Johnson and co-defendant Cornelius Smith (below left) are charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of Memphis rap legend Young Dolph in November.

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In a previous court appearance, Johnson and Smith said they were "working on" hiring attorneys to represent them in court (watch video below).
 
RELATED: Young Dolph’s Suspected Killer Justin Johnson Arrested In Indiana
 
Johnson, a 23-year-old aspiring rapper, flashed large amounts of cash in rap videos and on Instagram.

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He was back in court on Monday, February 7, to face a charge of violating a sex offender registration order. Johnson was charged with aggravated rape in 2015, according to court records.

Johnson explained to the judge that he is broke and unable to afford an attorney. General Sessions Judge Karen L. Massey appointed a public defender to represent him on the sex offender charge. However, he is still without an attorney for the murder case.

Johnson faces individual charges of first-degree murder, criminal attempted first-degree murder, unlawful carrying or possession of a weapon, employ of a firearm with intent to commit a felony and theft of property $10,000-$60,000, court records show.

The charges carry a maximum sentence of life (60 years) in prison if convicted. Johnson is required to serve a minimum of 85% of his prison sentence if convicted.
 

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A Tennessee man has been charged with the cruel murders of his girlfriend and their newborn daughter.

Tennessee police arrested Brandon Isabelle, 25, Wednesday on two counts of first-degree murder, aggravated kidnapping and tampering or fabricating evidence.

Memphis police say he confessed to killing Danielle Hoyle, 27, and tossing their baby, Kennedy Hoyle, into the Mississippi River.

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Danielle's family said she worked at Fed-Ex to support her two children, including a 10-year-old daughter.

Brandon told Memphis police he lured Danielle to a location in Whitehaven, Tennessee, on Tuesday, and shot her in the head.

He then removed sleeping Kennedy from her car seat and callously tossed the baby into the river.

Police found Danielle's abandoned vehicle in the area of Sedgwick Street and Levi Road in Whitehaven, and eventually located her body nearby.

An Amber Alert was issued after Danielle's family said her newborn daughter was in the car with her.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation quickly located Brandon, and brought him in for questioning.

He initially said he disposed of Kennedy's body in the area of Island Park and the Upper Mud Island Boat Ramp.

He then admitted he tossed the baby and the gun he used to kill Danielle in the Mississippi River and Wolf River Delta.

Law enforcement officers are still searching for little Kennedy's body.

Danielle's heartbroken mother, April Campbell, told Action 5 News she held her granddaughter once for 10 minutes. She said she wants swift justice.

"I want him to suffer like he made my baby suffer," Campbell told Action 5 News. "I want him to hurt. I don't want it to be easy for him... why would you hurt a baby?"
 

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A former USC football player was arrested Monday and charged with defrauding California state's Covid-19 relief benefits.

Abdul-Malik MClain, a linebacker for Jackson State University, was charged with mail fraud and identity theft in a scheme to steal over $900,000 in COVID-related unemployment benefits.

McClain is accused of assisting a group of USC football players in filing fraudulent unemployment claims under the Pandemic Unemployment Assistant (PUA) program.

McClain is accused of helping the players fill out the application using information he knew to be false about their prior and future employment status.

California's Employment Development Department (EDD) authorized Bank of America to mail debit cards to McClain and other football players who then used the cards to withdraw cash at ATM machines.

The fraudulent applications sought more than $900,000 in unemployment benefits, but ultimately netted at least $227,736.

McClain allegedly sought and received a fee for his services from the players.

The crimes were committed from July 2020 to September 2020 while McClain was a student at USC.

McClain transferred to JSU in 2020 after his brother was suspended by USC for approaching students with a scheme to defraud EDD.

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Update 2: Jussie Smollett has been found guilty on the first 5 counts and not guilty on the 6th count. He was charged with 6 felony counts of lying to police.

He faces 15 years in prison on the first 5 counts. He could also be sentenced to probation.

Update 1: Jussie Smollett just arrived to a Chicago courthouse to hear the verdict in his hate crime hoax case.

On Wednesday, Judge James Linn told Smollett and his attorneys to be in the courtroom within 30 minutes of the announcement that a verdict has been reached.

That was over an hour ago.
 
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After 2 days of deliberations, the jury has reached a unanimous verdict in the Jussie Smollett hate crime hoax trial.

If found guilty, Smollett, 39, could be sentenced to a maximum of 18 years in prison or probation.

During the trial, a smug Smollett testified there was no hoax and he really was assaulted by a man who had intimate relations with him.

Smollett also exposed his former pal, CNN anchor Don Lemon who told him the Chicago police didn't believe his story.

Lemon didn't disclose that to his viewers, but he did say he was in close contact with Smollett in the days before his arrest.

Smollett was charged with six counts of lying to police, saying he was assaulted by two white supremacists. He claimed the white supremacists yelled "This is MAGA country," tied a noose around his neck and poured bleach on him.

Nigerian brothers Olabinjo and Abimbola "Abel" OSundairo told police Smollett paid them $3,500 to gently assault him.

Prosecutors say Smollett orchestrated a homophobic, racist attack against himself to raise his profile in the TV and movie industry.

Even before the verdict was reached on Thursday, Smollett was shopping projects around and found financing for a TV project starring himself.

Black Lives Matter expressed support for the openly gay actor. A BLM spokesperson said: "We can never believe police, especially the Chicago Police Department over Jussie Smollett, a Black man who has been courageously present, visible, and vocal in the struggle for Black freedom."

Twitter users expressed skepticism.

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A jury has begun deliberations in the Jussie Smollett hate crime hoax case in Chicago. Smollett, 39, faces six counts of lying to police after orchestrating a homophobic, racist attack against himself in January 2019.

In closing arguments on Wednesday, defense attorney Nenye Uche attempted to discredit Smollett's co-conspirators, Olabinjo and Abimbola "Abel" Osundairo who say the former Empire actor paid them $3,500 to gently assault him, tie a noose around his neck and pour bleach on him.

On his second day on the witness stand, Smollett claimed he has never staged a hoax in his entire life.

He said allegations that he staged the attack were "100 percent false."

"What happened to me happened," he said.

But prosecutors say Smollett is a narcissist who orchestrated the attack in order to raise his profile on the canceled ABC TV series and on the big screen.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Smollett is so confident he will be acquitted that he is already shopping movie and TV projects.

THR reports Smollett has found financing for a proposed TV series and a film.

The disgraced actor is shopping an untitled series pilot that he stars in and directed. It is described as a follow-up project to B-Boy Blues in New York and Los Angeles.

Cleveland radio and TV station owner Tom Wilson financed the project because he believes in Smollett's innocence.

Wilson is counting on the jury to acquit Smollett so the project can find a buyer.

"We just want the right verdict," says Wilson, "so we can get on with making projects that allow minorities, Blacks and gays the opportunity to show their artistry."

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A manhunt is underway for a former NFL player who brutally attacked his ex-girlfriend in a viral video.

Zac Stacy is wanted on felony charges of assaulting Kristin Evans, the mother of his 5-month-old son.

According to docs obtained by TMZ Sports, Stacy is facing felony aggravated battery and criminal mischief charges.

Stacy faces up to 15 years behind bars if convicted on the aggravated battery charge and 5 years in prison on the criminal mischief charge.

The former running back is currently still at large. Evans believes his friends are hiding him in the Nashville area.

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In a video on Thursday, Evans said:

"I don't know why his friends are hiding him. If you see him -- he drives a white Kia Optima, a 2020 I believe or a 2021. Please, again, if you see him or you know of any location that he might be, please turn him in or call your local authorities."

Evans said police in Oakland, Florida, where she lives, ignored her pleas to arrest Stacy. Their slow response enabled him to flee the state of Florida.

However, police officials tell TMZ officers responded to the domestic violence call "within two minutes" of Stacy's attack last Saturday.

Meanwhile, TMZ reports Stacy has been dropped from his role as a youth football ambassador for the Music City Bowl this year.

Stacy, 30, is a former running back for the NY Jets and St. Louis Rams.