Victim of His Own Success?: Rapper Mystikal Surrenders on Rape Charges
by TRN Writers,
Rapper Mystikal turned himself in to the Caddo Parish Sheriff’s Department Monday after a warrant was issued for his arrest. Police in Shreveport issued the warrant last week for the Louisiana native on charges of rape alleged by a woman following some kind of incident last year year at a casino.
Several people have been charged in this case including Tenichia Wafford. Wafford told TMZ that she’s been named as a possible accessory to the crime after the victim claims she tried to pressure her into keeping quiet. Wafford calls the charges bogus and says, “Ain’t nobody did nothing to that girl, like for real. She even told me, and yes I got it on record, that ain’t nobody did nothing to her. This is some bulls**t though...” Wafford says the woman who alleges the rape is a friend of hers and that she was simply calling to check up on her and after that friendly chat she’s been dragged into the middle of this legal mess.
Wafford says the alleged victim even claimed at the time of the call that she didn’t know anything about any rape charges. Wafford says,”Ok, then if you ain’t hear nothing, then you need to go down there and clear these n***ers name because ni**ers getting locked up for this s**t. If you don’t know nothing and you don’t remember nothing and nobody done nothing to you then you need to drop them charges and clear these people’s name.”
Mystikal made a name for himself in the music world with two big hits in the early 2000’s. His single “Shake Ya Ass”shot to the top of charts and his follow up release “Danger” helped earn the rapper Grammy nominations for Best Rap Album and Best Male Rap Solo Performance in 2003. Mystikal’s unique sound made him stand out in the hip hop world thanks to screaming vocals that were often compared to the likes of R&B artists like James Brown and Little Richard. The rapper found himself in high demand in those days and was soon featured in Ludacris’ hit single “Move Bitch”and Lil Jon’s “I Don’t Give a F**k” Mystikal’s popularity even spilled onto the big screen with a role in the movie “13 Dead Men”. But fame wasn’t the only thing calling on Mystikal in those days, so were problems with the law.
In 2004, Mystikal was sentenced to six years after being convicted on charges of sexual battery and extortion. The rapper pleaded guilty to forcing his then hairstylist to perform sexual acts on him and two of his bodyguards. The rapper also had priors including charges of drug and gun possession. Mystical served the full sentence and declared upon his release “…watch how I shake this world now…” It seemed like he was off to making good on that promise—in 2010 upon his release he went back to performing and soon landed collaborations with artists like Lil Wayne, Busta Rhymes and Mark Ronson. But police problems continued to follow the rapper as well including another jail sentence of three months on domestic abuse battery.
This time, the consequences could be much harsher and lead to years behind bars instead of months for Mystikal if he’s found guilty. This bizarre case has a lot of twists and turns and suspects. A second man has also been charged in this case–26 year old Averweone Holman is also facing rape charges. Both men are being held on a $2 million bond.
Mystikal seemed to have so much already in his favor, talent, opportunity, fame and fortune and indeed success was helping him to live that “Ghetto Fabulous” life that even he admitted “felt like it was a dream” when he was thrown in jail. I’t’s possible that there are people who heard of Mystikal’s previous legal problems and were targeting him for a payday. It’s also possible that Mystikal has fallen into the same trap that has snared many other celebrities who confuse fame and fortune with privilege and predatory behavior thinking money puts them above the law. This latest legal entanglement could mean that “dream” he once lived as a superstar is nothing but a dream if he’s found guilty. The rape charge means Mystikal could face up to 20 years behind bars this time.