Wednesday, August 18, 2021

Rapper Silento Indicted For The Murder Of His Cousin

US rapper Silento, who is best known for the 2015 viral hit “Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae)”, has been indicted indicted in connection with the murder of his cousin.


According to legal documents obtained by TMZ, Silento, real name Ricky Hawk, 23, was indicted by a Georgia grand jury on four felonies, including one count of malice murder, one count of felony murder, aggravated assault, and gun possession during the commission of a felony.

Silento was arrested in February for the murder of his 34-year-old cousin, Frederick Rooks. On Jan. 21, police responded to a 3:30 a.m. call regarding shots fired, and found Rooks dead at the scene with multiple gunshot wounds, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Silento’s PR manager Chanel Hudson took to Instagram to ask for prayers for the rapper, who is currently being held without bail until his court date. She also claims that his mental health has been suffering while in prison.

Silento has had a history of legal trouble. He was arrested in August 2020 for assault with a deadly weapon after being accused of walking into an unlocked stranger’s home in the Valley Village area of Los Angeles and swinging a hatchet at the two people inside before one of them disarmed him. A day prior to that arrest, he was held on domestic violence charges at a Santa Ana, Calif., home. In October, he was arrested for allegedly driving 143 mph in DeKalb County.

Silento rose to fame as a teenage rap sensation in 2015 “Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae)” rose to No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. His most recent release was the single “Swish” on Jan. 28. He also released an album, “Skyrolyrics,” in October 2020.


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