Mystikal could be walking out of jail as early as next week if everything goes to plan. According to a report from TMZ today (Jan. 13), a combination of funds from friends and a new record deal could lead to his release from Caddo Correctional Center. The release would come before his trial for first degree rape and second-degree kidnapping starts this spring.

The rapper's attorney, Joel Pearce, told the celebrity news outlet that his client's friends and family have been raising money for his $3 million bond, but it was a newly-signed record deal that really helped him reach his goal.

According to Tim Yazbeck, another lawyer for the embattled rhymer, his new deal consists of him recording three unreleased albums. He's hoping to get an advance within days. Mystikal's legal team is confident that the rapper can post bail and be released by the end of next week.

The Ghetto Fabulous artist has been behind bars since August 2017, after an unnamed woman accused both him and another man, Averweone Darnell Holman, of raping her in May 2017. The alleged rape took place in October 2016. Holman faces the same charges. A third person, a woman named Tenichia Monieck Wafford, has also been charged with obstruction of justice in relation to the alleged assault for reportedly trying to persuade the woman to recant her story.

Mystikal, whose real name is Michael Tyler, has denied all rape allegations against him. His lawyer believes the entire situation was fueled by the #MeToo movement, which has exposed sexual misconduct by male executives and celebrities in the film and music industry.

Mystikal’s rape trial is expected to start in May.

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