Rapper Mystikal Surrenders On Rape Charge In Louisiana

New Orleans-based rapper known as Mystikal surrendered himself to authorities Monday in Louisiana where he faces a sexual assault charge, Shreveport police said.

KSLA-TV video-recorded the 46-year-old rapper, whose full name is Michael Lawrence Tyler, as he entered the Caddo Correctional Center in northwest Louisiana.

Tyler was wanted on a warrant listing a charge of first-degree rape in connection with an encounter at a downtown Shreveport casino last October.

Police said they recovered DNA evidence during their initial investigation that allegedly linked Tyler, 46, of Prairieville, and Averweone Holman, 26, of Killeen, Texas, to the rape.

Tyler was released from a Louisiana prison in 2010 after serving six years for sexual battery and extortion.

Roy Maughan Jr., a Baton Rouge lawyer who represents Tyler in some matters, said he was uncertain whether counsel has been retained for the current case.

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