LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: A Los Angeles court ruled Monday (Nov. 20) that there was enough evidence to proceed with the trial of rapper A$AP Rocky. The judge set the trial for January 8.
Rocky, who is the father of pop superstar Rihanna’s two children, was accused of shooting his friend and A$AP Mob member A$AP Relli with a semi-automatic handgun on November 6, 2021.
A$AP Rocky and Rihanna confirmed their relationship in 2020 (Getty Images)
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The latest development has Rihanna fans worried, as the Fenty Beauty owner could face a bleak future as a single mother if her partner Rocky (real name Rakim Mayers) were to be jailed.
The 35-year-old singer is a longtime friend of the “Diamonds” singer and confirmed their relationship in 2020, according to Harper’s Bazaar. The couple later welcomed two sons together: RZA, 18 months, and Riot, three months.
What is A$AP Rocky accused of?
Rocky is accused by his former friend Relli (real name Terell Ephron) of shooting him during a heated argument on November 6, 2021.
According to legal documents seen by PEOPLE, Relli accused Rocky of assault, battery and infliction of emotional distress and filed a civil suit against the “Praise the Lord” rapper on August 10, 2022.
Rocky denied all allegations made against him by Relli and pleaded not guilty.
However, during a preliminary hearing on Monday, November 20, Judge ML Villar ruled that there was enough evidence to proceed with the trial.
A$AP Rocky accused of shooting former friend with handgun (Getty Images)
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His lawyer, Joe Tacopina, seemed confident, however, when he said outside the courthouse: “I’m sure Rocky will be cleared of all this.”
Investigating detective Frank Flores took the stand Monday and released surveillance footage of the altercation where two loud noises can be heard, but not seen. Detectives said they were the sounds of gunshots.
The detective further stated that upon further examination, he determined that Rocky had a gun in his hand during the altercation. However, no weapon was found.
Relli, who is also the plaintiff, turned over two shell casings two days after the incident as evidence. No fingerprints were found on them.
Fans Fear Rihanna Facing Single Motherhood (Getty Images)
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Rocky was also arrested on April 20, 2022 and was released later the same day after posting $550,000 bond.
“Get ready for Rihanna’s solo mom chapter”
Following the judge’s decision that ordered Rocky to stand trial next January, the internet was abuzz with the news, with many fans thinking about the repercussions it would have on pop sensation Rihanna.
Fearing a prison sentence, one fan said: “Rihanna is approaching the era of a single mother.”
Single mother Rihanna arrives
— Tylernol (@tylerhatake) November 20, 2023
Someone else pragmatically remarked: “This guy is about to ruin a good life, he lives for beef… I mean looking at his wife and kids he should impose restrictions on what and how you react and behave.”
This guy is about to ruin a good life, he lives for beef… I mean, looking at your wife and kids should put restrictions on what and how you react and behave.
–Elvincine (@ElvincineA) November 20, 2023
Another fan, however, looked hopeful, saying, “Awwww. Riri is going to use her influence to save him.”
Awwww. Riri will use her influence to save him.
— Grandpa Bear🐻. (@OnikaPwesh) November 20, 2023
Another section of fans began to anticipate the arrival of Rihanna’s ninth album, which had been on hold for some time, and declared: “Oh, R9 is coming.”
Oh R9 is coming pic.twitter.com/aVrnyD8n24
-Vince | phew, you’re all smoking in the heat! (@xxwntrxx) November 20, 2023
Someone else said: “I remember someone called Rihanna Brave for giving two babies to a man who can go to jail at any time.”
I remember someone called Rihanna Brave for giving two babies to a man who can go to jail at any time 💀
—Satyam Patel | 𝕏… (@SatyamInsights) November 20, 2023
Another fan lamented, “With the way she looks at him, she’s not going to feel it.”
With the way she looks at him, no, she’s going to feel it pic.twitter.com/nuaUf8ZdIP
— this ruth (@ruthiessky) November 21, 2023
“Rihanna is going to be broken now💔💔,” another fan of the pop star said.
Rihanna is going to be broken right now💔💔
– bolaji (@__bolaji_) November 20, 2023
“This will buy him a few years😭😭,” another saddened fan said.
This will save him a few years😭😭
— this ruth (@ruthiessky) November 21, 2023
“Get ready for Rihanna’s solo mom chapter – it’s on the horizon!” » prophesied another fan.
Get ready for Rihanna’s solo mom chapter – it’s on the horizon! 👩👧👦
— Deepak Arora (@iAroraDeepak) November 20, 2023
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