Chaka Zulu, the longtime manager of rapper-actor-record executive, Ludacris, has been charged with murder, aggravated assault, simple assault, and more.
The charges stem from a June 2022 incident in which three men were shot outside a restaurant in Atlanta, Georgia, according to Variety and CNN. Officers took the three men to hospital, where 23-year-old victim Artez Jamil Benton later died.
Zulu, whose real name is Ahmed Obafemi, was arrested on September 13. Obafemi surrendered voluntarily, according to inmate records from Fulton County, Georgia.
Late Saturday evening (September 17), Obafemi’s attorney, Gabe Banks, released a statement via Instagram.
“Mr. Chaka Zulu, the beloved son of the City of Atlanta is disappointed with the Atlanta Police Department’s decision to press charges against him in relation to the June 2022 shooting,” the statement read. , insisting that Obafemi acted in self-defense.”A careful review of all the evidence, including surveillance footage and eyewitness interviews, reveals that Mr. Zulu was attacked and jumped by behind by a gang of at least four (4) people (including unfortunately the deceased) and was forced to defend himself. himself after this gang repeatedly stomped, punched and punched him while he was on the ground in a helpless posture.
The lawyer also insisted that not only did the incident take place at Obafemi’s place of business, the neighborhood restaurant Buckhead APT 4B, but also that he was shot in the back during the melee and nearly lost his life. “In an attempt to save his life, Mr. Zulu lawfully discharged his weapon in self-defense, a weapon he was licensed to carry,” the statement continued. “Mr. Zulu cooperated fully with law enforcement officials and their investigation, and voluntarily surrendered once he learned of the arrest warrants.
Confident that his name will be cleared in the upcoming criminal proceedings, Banks added: “It is not lost on Mr Zulu that someone lost his life, but if Mr Zulu had not legally defended himself , Mr. Zulu was reportedly killed that night.”
Obafemi has run Ludacris since the 1990s, and together they started Disturbing Tha Peace Records in 1998 with Obafemi’s brother, Jeff Dixon. Along with releasing music from DJ Infamous, Bobby V, Chingy, and more, it was the label behind Ludacris’ 2006 Grammy-winning album, release therapy.
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