Mystikal Pleads Not Guilty to Rape and Kidnapping

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New Orleans rapper Mystikal, born Michael Tyler, has pleaded not guilty to charges of first-degree rape and second-degree kidnapping. Tyler and an accomplice were indicted in September for an assault that allegedly occurred outside a Shreveport, Louisiana casino in October 2016 when the former No Limit artist was in town for the Legends of Southern Hip-Hop Tour.

Mystikal performs at the 2016 Old School Hip Hop New Year's Eve Festival at Philips Arena on Dec. 31, 2016 in Atlanta.

Tyler, who spent 2003–2010 in prison for sexual battery and extortion, is currently being held at Caddo Correctional Center in Louisiana. His bond was set at $3 million. The Caddo district attorney’s office told KSLA that Tyler plans to file a motion for a bond reduction during his next hearing on Jan. 18. A grand jury has also indicted a woman related to the case for obstruction of justice.

This article originally appeared in Spin.

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