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YG felony robbery case dismissed in Vegas

YG won a felony robbery count Monday in Las Vegas after paying “onerous severance pay” to the man who claimed the rapper stole his necklace during a confrontation at the Cosmopolitan Hotel and Casino in 2018, his rapper confirms Lawyers.

Prosecutors dropped the case just days before the May 16 trial for robbery and grand larceny began, says defense attorney Gia Marina Rolling Stone. “The victim didn’t want to pursue the case and didn’t want to travel, so the state dropped him. He was an out-of-state victim,” she said.

The rapper’s lead attorney, Joe Tacopina, said the alleged victim in the Vegas case was “cured” through an undisclosed civil settlement, though YG, whose real name is Keenon Jackson, insists he left the chain in the Cosmopolitan case didn’t pocket it.

“YG didn’t steal his chain,” says Tacopina Rolling Stone. “It was a troublesome settlement. The man lost his necklace in a scuffle. This was an out-of-court settlement that is confidential.”

Tacopina also repeated the 32-year-old rapper after he was arrested in Los Angeles County in 2020 — just days before he took the stage at the 2020 Grammys for a tribute to Nipsey Hussle — in connection with another alleged robbery. In this case, no charges were ever brought.

According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, the chain was reportedly worth between $3,000 and $9,000 in the Vegas case. The newspaper previously reported that Jackson was walking through the casino resort with a group of about 12 people when the alleged victim, identified as a fan, asked for a photo but was blocked by the rapper’s entourage. The fan was allegedly mobbed by the group after declaring that Jackson “isn’t that big of a celebrity anyway,” according to an arrest warrant obtained by the newspaper.

The fan reportedly told police that Jackson personally ripped the chain from his neck. Security footage reviewed by Las Vegas police also reportedly showed Jackson walking away from the man “holding a shiny object,” Metropolitan Police Department spokesman Jay Rivera told the Review-Journal.

Clark County District Attorney Steven Wolfson did not immediately respond to a request for comment Monday on the firing.

https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-news/yg-felony-robbery-case-dismissed-in-vegas-1350779/ YG felony robbery case dismissed in Vegas

Brian Lowry

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