Mystikal Released From Prison on $3 Million Bond in Rape Case
Source: Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office
In 2017, the rapper was indicted by a grand jury on charges of first-degree rape and second-degree kidnapping.
Mystikal has been freed on $3 million bond after spending 18 months behind bars.
According to a TMZ report, the money came from funds raised by Mystikal's family and friends, as well as an advance for a new recording deal.
The 48-year-old New Orleans rapper, born Michael Lawrence Tyler, was released from Caddo Correctional Center in Louisiana after posting the bond in his rape case.
In 2017, he was wanted on a warrant listing a charge of first-degree rape in connection with an encounter at a downtown Shreveport casino. According to a prior report in USA Today, during an initial investigation, police said they recovered DNA evidence that allegedly linked Mystikal and Texas man Averweone Holman to the rape.
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Mystikal has been in prison since August 2017. After a Louisiana woman came forward with accusations of sexual assault, he turned himself in on charges of first-degree rape and second-degree kidnapping but pleaded not guilty to the charges that December.
His trial is slated for May 2019.
In 2010, Mystikal was released from a Louisiana prison after serving six years for sexual battery and extortion.