Rapper Silentó, best known for ‘Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae),’ charged with hatchet assault

In this July 21, 2015 photo, rapper Silento poses for a portrait in New York. The rapper, 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. Hawk is charged with assault with a deadly weapon and is being held in jail on $105,000 jail, the Los Angeles County district attorney's office said. (Photo by Drew Gurian/Invision/AP, File)

(CNN) — Silentó, a rapper known for his hit “Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae),” is facing two felony assault charges after allegedly threatening two people with a hatchet, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office said Thursday.

On August 29, the 22-year-old reportedly walked into a stranger’s unlocked home in Los Angeles and attempted to hit two people with a hatchet before one of them disarmed him, prosecutors said.

The rapper, whose real name is Richard Lamar Hawk, faces two felony counts of assault with a deadly weapon, according to the complaint. He allegedly committed the crime while out on bail for a previous arrest, the district attorney’s office said in a statement.

He is scheduled to be arraigned Friday. Bail is set at $105,000. If convicted, Silentó faces a possible maximum sentence of six years in state prison.

A representative for Silentó has not responded to a CNN request for comment.


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