Louise A. Barile
June 27, 2003 08:53 AM

Mystikal, the rapper whose album “Tarantula” was nominated for a Grammy in January, pleaded guilty to charges that he coerced his hairstylist to engage in sex acts with him and two bodyguards, the Associated Press reports.

The Louisiana rapper, whose real name is Michael Tyler, had been charged with aggravated rape — which carries a possible sentence of life in prison. He instead pleaded guilty Thursday to a lesser charge of sexual battery and extortion.

The rapper was immediately sentenced to five years’ probation on the extortion charge and has a court date in September for the sexual battery charge, AP reports.

Prosecutor Sue Bernie said the rapper accused his hairdresser of stealing checks from him but promised not to press charges if she performed oral sex on him and two bodyguards, Leland “Pokie” Ellis, 37, and Vercy “V” Carter, 35. The men videotaped the acts, she said.

Mystikal’s attorney tells AP that his client did not agree with all the charges, but admitted that sexual battery took place. “I’m glad that it’s getting behind me,” Mystikal said after the guilty plea.

The two bodyguards, who pleaded guilty to sexual battery, also will be sentenced on Sept. 25.

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