Mysterious was denied bond by a Louisiana judge on Tuesday (August 2) in the wake of the rapper’s arrest over the weekend on allegations that he beat and raped a woman and held her against her will at her Baton Rouge-area home on July 31. According to The lawyerState District Judge Steven Tureau ruled that the weight of the evidence against the 51-year-old rapper born Michael Lawrence Tyler, as well as his past valid the story and the victim’s fear, was enough to keep the “Shake It Fast” rapper in jail pending trial.
Tyler is accused of attacking the woman during an “erratic and violent” encounter at his home Saturday, allegedly taking her car keys and holding the unnamed woman against her will; an arrest warrant noted that the rapper also allegedly prayed with the woman to remove her “bad spirit.”
The lawyer reported that Tyler’s defense attorney, Roy Maughan Jr., had asked for $250,000 bail and objected to the judge’s ruling afterward, but said an appeal is unlikely based on Tureau’s detailed analysis; Maughan has maintained that his client is innocent.
The rapper was charged Sunday with first-degree rape, simple robbery, felony domestic battery by strangulation, criminal damage to property and five drug counts added after a search of his home. Tyler is a lifetime registered sex offender who served 6 years in prison after pleading guilty to sexual assault and extortion in 2003; in Dec. Prosecutors in 2020 in northwest Louisiana dropped rape and kidnapping charges that had kept Tyler in prison for 18 months, citing a lack of evidence.
The site noted that defendants in Louisiana generally have the right to bail, but in serious violent cases, judges have discretion to hold suspects pretrial without bail if they deem them to be a fugitive or a continuing threat to a victim or the community. Prosecutors reportedly argued that based on their analysis, Tyler has a high chance of committing another similar crime.
Tyler has had several other arrests since the mid-1990s—including those for possession of marijuana, domestic battery, and first-degree rape—none of which led to a conviction. The rapper’s attorney unsuccessfully tried to point out that aside from the 2003 plea, Tyler has never been convicted of another crime, hasn’t missed a court date in any of those cases, and because of his celebrity it would be difficult for him to evade the authorities if he fled.
Maughan also reportedly noted that a sheriff’s detective acknowledged in testimony that Tyler’s accuser had been in a long-term relationship with MC since the late 1990s and had never before accused him of assaulting her. Sheriff’s Detective Garrett Keith testified Tuesday that the woman went to Tyler’s home around 1 p.m. 20 on Saturday to discuss alleged financial obligations he had made to her, and she reported that the rapper’s demeanor changed “abruptly” after returning from the bathroom.
At the time, he allegedly accused her of stealing cash, choked her and pulled her hair, later apologised, prayed and sprinkled alcohol on her to cleanse her of “bad spirits” before raping her, Keith said.
The rapper is best known for his 2000 hit “Shake Ya Ass” and his featured credits on songs like the 2001 chart-topping Stutter and Ludacris’ 2002 “Move Bitch.” Mystikal has also been in several films, including 13 Dead Men, Makin’ Baby, My Side Piece, Mississippi Turntup, Mac & Devin Go to High Schooland more.