The New Orleans hip-hop artist, who was arrested on July 31, allegedly assaulted a woman one day earlier at his home in Prairieville, Louisiana following a dispute over money.

AceShowbiz -Rapper Mystikal has been indicted on a charge of first-degree rape. The New Orleans hip-hop artist, who rose to fame in the early 2000s, is now facing potential mandatory life sentence.

On Tuesday, September 6, The Ascension Parish grand jury handed up the rape charge and nine other criminal counts in Gonzales against the spitter, whose real name is Michael Lawrence Tyler, per The Advocate. Ascension sheriff’s deputies have accused the rapper of imprisoning, strangling, raping and robbing a woman during a financial dispute at his home in the northern Ascension community.

In addition to being chard with first-degree rape, Mystikal, who was arrested on July 31, has been charged with single counts of simple criminal damage to property, false imprisonment, domestic abuse battery by strangulation, simple robbery, possession of heroin, illegal possession of Xanax, possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

The 51-year-old hip-hop artist allegedly assaulted a woman on July 30 at his home in Prairieville, Louisiana following a dispute over money. According to Sheriff’s Detective Garrett Keith’s testimony, the rapper punched, choked and pulled out the woman’s hair as he got angry after concluding that she took money from him.

Mystikal then allegedly stopped her from leaving the home by taking her keys and her phone. Following the physical assault, it’s claimed that Mystikal alternated from being angry to remorseful for his actions against her. He prayed with her and splashed her with rubbing alcohol to cleanse her “bad spirits” before forcing her onto a bed and raping her.

According to Detective Garrett, the woman tried to help Mystikal find around $100 and instead, she discovered a “crystalline substance” in his dresser. Xanax, heroin and marijuana were also later discovered in the home by police officers.

After she was finally able to leave Mystikal’s home, the victim went to a local hospital where a rape kit was administered. Medical staff found that her injuries were consistent with her rape claims. Detectives also found clumps of the woman’s hair and a broken fingernail at Mystikal’s home.

Mystikal’s attorney, Roy Maughan Jr. maintained that his client is innocent. “There has never been any suggestion of domestic violence between them,” the lawyer said in a statement. “We [are] extremely disappointed that the judge decided to hold Mr. Tyler without bond under the feeling that he could potentially do something else to the victim and I don’t think that’s in Mr. Tyler to do that.”

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