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Soulja Boy pleads not guilty to felony gun charges

The rapper releases his fourth album Draco next month (Feb17).

Rapper Soulja Boy pleaded not guilty to two felony gun possession counts on Monday (23Jan17) and will return to court next month to fight the charges.

The Crank That (Soulja Boy) hitmaker was arrested last month (Dec16), when police officers were called to his home in the Hollywood Hills after he allegedly posted threatening messages on his social media sites.

According to TMZ, cops found a gun at the 26-year-old's pad and arrested him for a probation violation. He was subsequently released on $35,000 (£28,000) bail and it was later reported the gun charges had been dropped.

However, he has now reportedly been charged with possession of an assault weapon, being a felon in possession of a firearm, and a misdemeanour for receiving stolen property. One of the guns was reportedly stolen from a police car.

If convicted, he faces more than four years in prison.

The arrest came two months after he was sued for posting a threatening video, in which he blasted his ex-girlfriend Nia Riley and vowed to shoot and kill a man he believed was her new lover, on Instagram, while waving a gun at the camera.

His representative subsequently played down the footage, insisting the firearm was a fake, and adding that the rap star had apologised to Riley.

The plaintiff, going by the name Skrill Dilly, claimed he suffered medical issues as a result of the stress and fear he lived in following Soulja's post, and sued for damages and funds to cover his medical expenses. The star has yet to respond to the legal action.

Soulja Boy is currently on probation after he pleaded no contest to a misdemeanour charge of unlawfully carrying a loaded firearm in 2014.

He is also involved in a feud with singer Chris Brown over the Kiss Kiss star's ex-girlfriend Karrueche Tran, and will reportedly jump in the ring with the singer for a grudge boxing match.

Soulja Boy's fourth album, Draco, is set for release on 21 February (17).

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