A$AP Rocky and his lawyer Joe Tacopina have both been sued by A$AP Relli for defamation, Rolling Stone reports. The lawsuit focuses on statements made after Rocky was charged and sued for allegedly shooting Relli in a November 2021 incident. In August 2022, Rocky pleaded not guilty to two charges of assault with a semiautomatic firearm. Pitchfork has reached out to representatives for Rocky, as well as Relli’s attorney and Tacopina’s office, for comment.
The lawsuit points to 10 different instances where Relli was defamed in the press. It specifically cites Tacopina’s claim to media outlets that Relli was attempting to extort Rocky through litigation. In exchange for allegedly suffering damage to his reputation, personal brand, community status as a member of A$AP Mob, and future income, Relli is seeking punitive or exemplary damages, plus legal fees.
In a statement to Rolling Stone, Tacopina said he welcomes the litigation, adding, “Especially before the resolution of the criminal case. It will expose the fraud committed by their client. It’s unfortunate that these lawyers don’t know the facts of this case or the actions of their client, but I will be happy to educate them.”
Rocky is currently out on bond. Following many delays, he’s due for a preliminary hearing on November 8. If convicted, he could face up to nine years in prison. Last month, Rocky and his partner Rihanna welcomed their second child together.