Rapper Silento charged after allegedly threatening two strangers with a hatchet – Fox News

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Silento, the rapper known for the hit song “Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae),” was charged Thursday for allegedly attempting to attack two people in their home with a hatchet.

Prosecutors allege that Silento, whose legal name is Richard Lamar Hawk, walked into an unlocked stranger’s home in the Valley Village area of Los Angeles and swung a hatchet at the two people inside before one of them disarmed him.

The rapper was arrested and charged with assault with a deadly weapon and is being held in jail on $105,000 bail, the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office said.

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The alleged attack occurred while he was out on bail for another arrest in Orange County, authorities said.

Rapper Silento, known for “Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae)" and whose legal name is Richard Lamar Hawk, was charged Thursday, Sept. 3, 2020, with trying to hit two people with a hatchet in their home.

Rapper Silento, known for “Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae)” and whose legal name is Richard Lamar Hawk, was charged Thursday, Sept. 3, 2020, with trying to hit two people with a hatchet in their home. (Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

He is scheduled to be arraigned on Friday. It is not clear whether he has retained an attorney. An email seeking comment from his manager was not immediately returned.

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If convicted, Silento could get a maximum of six years in prison.

The 22-year-old Atlanta rapper and singer had a major hit in 2015 with “Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae).”

The song’s dance-along video quickly drew millions of YouTube views and brought television appearances for Silento.

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He released an album, “Fresh Outta High School,” in 2018.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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