Rap artist A$AP Rocky pleaded not guilty on Wednesday to two criminal charges
of assault with a firearm in connection with an incident in November of last year in which he allegedly shot a former friend in Hollywood.
Rocky, 33, appeared in a Los Angeles courtroom alongside his attorney, who told the judge that the performer would plead not guilty to the charges.
Prosecutors allege that Rocky, whose real name is Rakim Mayers, pointed a semi-automatic
weapon at a man during a "heated argument," according to a statement from Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón.
In a subsequent confrontation, Rocky drew his gun and fired twice in the direction of the man, who suffered a minor injury, the statement said.
In August 2019, Rocky received a suspended sentence for his role in a brawl in Stockholm.
The rapper and two members of his entourage were convicted of kicking and beating a 19-year-old after an argument. They told the court that they acted in self-defense.
Rocky and his partner, pop artist Rihanna, had a baby boy in May, according to press reports.