A$AP Rocky claims he is being extorted and DID NOT shoot friend

A$AP Rocky claims he did not shoot friend A$AP Relli during an argument in Hollywood and has branded it an extortion attempt after pleading not guilty to charges in a Los

Angeles courthouse last month. The 33-year-old rapper's - born Rakim Athelaston Mayers - lawyer Joe Tacopina told TMZ on Friday: 'Rocky didn't commit a crime. 'It was

an extortion attempt by a former associate, who threatened to make false criminal accusations if Rocky didn't pay him.' Last month Rocky - who is the  boyfriend of singing

superstar Rihanna and father of her four month-old baby boy - pleaded not guilty in Los Angeles to shooting at a former friend and music partner during an argument. Charged

with two felony counts of assault with a semiautomatic firearm, Rocky - real name Rakim Mayers - is facing up to four years in jail on each charge if he’s

convicted. Tacopina told the publication that he has two eyewitnesses who reiterate Rocky's claims that Relli was not actually hit by bullet fragments and that shots were

not even fired. The lawyer claims that Rocky's friend had made up the story in a 'get-rich-quick scheme.' Tacopina believes that both the civil and criminal cases

against Rocky are 'slam dunks' as he told TMZ: 'What will become abundantly clear in the upcoming months, based on facts and evidence, is that Rocky is innocent of these

charges.' At his criminal court arraignment on August 17 in downtown LA, the hip-hop artist showed up in dark blue suit and tie, with his hair braided in corn rows, and

flanked by several dark-suited minders