Rapper Mystikal (real name: Michael Tyler) and two other men were jailed yesterday (July 18) in Baton Rouge, La., on charges they raped an acquaintance at his house. The artist surrendered to authorities early Thursday and was booked on an aggravated rape and extortion charges, police said. Leland Ellis, 36, and Vercy Carter, 34, of Baton Rouge, turned themselves in and were booked later that morning on similar charges, police said. Mystikal was released yesterday afternoon on $250,000 bond.
Authorities say the three men threatened to tell police that the woman had received checks from the rapper’s account without his permission. The extortion charge accuses Mystikal of demanding sex in exchange for his agreement not to turn the woman over to police.
If convicted of the aggravated rape charge, Tyler would face a mandatory life sentence. The penalty for extortion carries a prison term of one to 15 years. Tyler’s attorneys did not return calls seeking comment, nor did his record company, Jive.
Tyler is accused of attacking the 40-year-old woman after she showed up at his house around 8 p.m. on July 3. He allegedly threatened to tell police that she had accepted a check written out to her on his checking account, even though she knew he had not approved it, according to a police spokesperson.
He also threatened to hurt her and made her perform oral sex on him, according to a police statement. Mystikal allegedly called two men over to his house, and when they showed up, according to police, he raped the woman in front of them, then each of the others raped her, making the same threats Tyler had made.
“During the attacks, the victim was repeatedly threatened with prosecution of the checks and great bodily harm. The victim was allowed to leave the residence after the attacks. She was treated and released at a local hospital,” a police statement said.
Released in January, Mystikal’s latest Jive album, “Tarantula,” debuted at No. 4 on Billboard’s Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and peaked at No. 25 on The Billboard 200. The album was certified gold in April by the Recording Industry Association of America for U.S. shipments of 500,000 copies. His new album, “Prince of the South,” is expected in September.
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