The judge who accepted rapper Mystikal's guilty plea to sexual battery shouldn't be allowed to sentence him because he has seen an "inflammatory" videotape of the assault, his lawyer claims.
The judge who accepted rapper Mystikal's guilty plea to sexual battery shouldn't be allowed to sentence him because he has seen an "inflammatory" videotape of the assault, his lawyer claims. The rapper, whose real name is Michael Tyler, had been scheduled for sentencing yesterday (Dec. 3) in Baton Rouge, La., but it was put off until Jan. 15 after a hearing on attorney David Bourland's complaint.
Judge Tony Marabella refused to step down, saying Bourland's request is groundless. Tyler, 33, and two bodyguards pleaded guilty in June to sexual battery, which has a maximum 10-year prison sentence.
They'd videotaped themselves in forced sex acts with Tyler's hairstylist. The woman said Tyler accused her of stealing $80,000 worth of his checks and told her he wouldn't go to police if she did something "degrading," according to the prosecutor in the case. The woman has denied stealing money.
Bourland said he and the bodyguards' attorneys would argue to withdraw the guilty pleas next month. "My client would not have entered a plea if he knew the tape was going to be shown, because it's inflammatory," he said. "The tape doesn't reflect the entirety of the events."
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