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Who is Mystical? Louisiana rapper, 51, arrested for rape, robbery and false imprisonment

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Michael Lawrence Tyler, aka Mystikal, was arrested Sunday after emergency services received a call from a hospital alleging sexual assault

Grammy-nominated rapper Michael Lawrence Tyler, better known as Mystikal and a Louisiana native, was arrested Sunday, July 31. The Ascension Township Sheriff’s Office announced that the rapper, with an extensive criminal record, was arrested on Sunday, July 31, for rape and false imprisonment. It all started when officers were responding to a call from an area hospital about a sexual assault that linked the crime to Mystikal.

Ascension Township Sheriff’s Office spokesman Donovan Jackson said: “He was arrested and sent to the Ascension Township Jail. This is an ongoing investigation. Further details may be limited at this time.” The 51-year-old rapper is now facing charges of first-degree rape, simple robbery, domestic violence assault, false imprisonment and simple vandalism. Attorney Roy Maughan, representing the rapper, said, “Our investigation of the facts has just begun, but we expect Mystikal to be granted bail.” Mystikal has worked with big names like Lil Wayne, Birdman, Busta Rhymes, Nivea and others worked together. He also teased a collaboration with Drake in 2012 that never happened.

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Though his career has earned him enough accolades, he remains a registered sex offender. Back in 2013, he confessed to pleading guilty to a 2003 sex charge and racketeering in which he forced his then-barber to “perform sex on him and two bodyguards,” for which he served six years in prison, according to the AP. He is also said to have pleaded guilty after the victim cashed thousands of dollars worth of unauthorized checks from the rapper.

The controversial rapper was also charged in a 2017 count of rape and kidnapping, for which he served 18 months in prison before being released on a $3 million bond. However, the AP reports that the charges against him were dropped when the district attorney for Caddo Township, Louisiana, declined a second grand jury to indict him. He told AP he’s grown and now raps for “God.” In 2021, he told the publication, “Looking back and listening to the music man I was a bad little rapper! A lot of my music now I imagine rapping it to God, and if I can rap it, I’m proud.” He continued, “It felt like God was winking at me. It’s empowering just my spirituality, stuff like that.” If convicted of rape and false imprisonment on Sunday July 31, he could face life in prison.

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