You got to figure that with a song like “Shake Ya Ass” in his repertoire, Mystikal would have been real popular with the inmates.
So it’s a good thing the chart-topping gangsta rapper didn’t get any prison time after copping a plea to charges stemming from the sexual assault of his hairstylist.
Mystikal put in face time in a Baton Rouge, Louisiana, courthouse Thursday to plead guilty to extortion and sexual battery. Had he not pleaded, he would have faced trial on the more serious charge of aggravated rape, which carries a maximum penalty of life in prison.
As it stands, the 31-year-old rapper will mark the next five years on probation for the extortion charge. He’ll return to the courtroom on September 25 to find out his fate on the sexual battery rap.
The Dirty South hip-hopster and two of his bodyguards were rung up on the rape charges last July, after the three men accused the rapper’s 40-year-old hairstylist of stealing checks and told her she needed to perform sex acts with them to keep them from going to police.
Police later said they searched Mystikal’s apartment and turned up a smoking gun–a videotape with footage of the assault.
Mystikal, whose real name is Michael Tyler, initially pleaded innocent to the charges. His attorney, David Bourland, told the Associated Press that the rapper disputed some of the allegations against him, but agreed that sexual battery took place.
Following his plea, the rapper said, “I’m glad that it’s getting behind me.”
As part of the deal cut with prosecutors, extortion counts were dropped against his bodyguards Leland Ellis, 37, and Vercy Carter, 35, in exchange for them pleaded guilty to sexual battery. They, too, are due back in September for sentencing on that charge.
A onetime protégé of Master P, Mystikal hit it big as a solo act with 1998’s Ghetto Fabulous, which debuted at number five on the charts just days after he was busted on pot and gun charges in his native Louisiana. Mystikal’s follow-up CD, Let’s Get Ready, debuted at number one in October 2000, chalked up double-platinum sales and contained the Grammy-nominated booty anthem “Shake Ya Ass.”
His most recent album, Tarantula, didn’t fare as well, opening at 33 in 2001. It did, however, snag Grammy nods for Best Rap Album and Best Male Rap Solo Performance for the hit track “Bouncin’ Back (Bumpin’ Me Against the Wall).”