A$AP Rocky to return to court in the new year after case delay granted

A$AP Rocky, pictured during his arraignment hearing in August, will not need to enter court again until 2023 (Picture: Irfan Khan-Pool/Getty Images)

A$AP Rocky will return to court in the new year, after a US judge granted a short delay in his case.

The US rapper, real name Rakim Mayers, has pleaded not guilty to two counts of assault with a firearm, following an incident in Los Angeles last November.

He appeared in person at an LA court on Wednesday, wearing a brown leather jacket over a dark suit and a black face covering.

Judge Kerry L White set a date of January 13 to decide when a preliminary hearing, which will determine whether there is sufficient evidence to take the case to trial, will take place.

Mayers may not be required to attend court on that date in person, though he will be expected at trial, should it proceed.

During the incident, Mayers, 34, is alleged to have pointed a semi-automatic handgun at the victim, identified as fellow rapper ASAP Relli, before allegedly firing it in his direction in a subsequent confrontation.

Rap star ASAP Rocky arrives at a Los Angeles court with a suit on after being charged with felony assault with a firearm on August 17 2022

The rapper pleaded not guilty to two counts of assault with a firearm back in August (Picture: The Daily Stardust/ShotByNYP/Backgrid)

Relli, real name Terell Ephron, is a former friend of Mayers, but filed a lawsuit against him back in August.

In legal documents obtained by the PA news agency, lawyers for Relli said Mayer’s conduct had been ‘extreme and outrageous’ and had caused their client to suffer ‘extreme emotional distress’.

‘Defendant (Mayers) purposefully or with reckless disregard unlawfully brandished a firearm towards the plaintiff (Ephron),’ the documents stated.

‘Further, defendant purposefully or with reckless disregard caused a bullet projectile/fragment to hit the plaintiff.

ASAP Rocky performs onstage during Day 1 at Rolling Loud Miami 2021

He has paid his $550,000 bail (Picture: Jason Koerner/Getty Images)

‘In both instances, defendant’s conduct was unlawful or otherwise extreme and outrageous.’

The filing added: ‘Defendant violated Penal Code Section 245 when he unlawfully aimed a loaded firearm and pointed it in the direction of the plaintiff.

‘This action was a substantial factor in causing the plaintiff to suffer physiological, mental, and emotional harm.’

Ephron has requested damages of $25,000 (£20,600) over the incident, plus additional damages to cover his medical bills.

With his partner Rihanna, with whom he shares a child, at the Black Panther 2 premiere in October (Picture: Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)

Judge Victoria B Wilson previously handed Mayers a restraining order, which states he must stay 100 yards away from Ephron at all times.

Mayers’ bail was set at $550,000 (£456,500), which he paid.

Earlier this year the rapper and his partner Rihanna welcomed their first child together.

The couple were recently pictured together in Hollywood at the premiere of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.

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