‘Whip/Nae Nae’ rapper charged in attempted hatchet attack in L.A.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Silento, the rapper known for “Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae),” was charged Thursday with trying to hit two people with a hatchet in their home.

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 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.

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

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.

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

8 PHOTOSSilentoSee GallerySilentoLOS ANGELES, CA – JUNE 26: Silento at the 2016 BET Awards at the Microsoft Theater on June 26, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. Credit: David Edwards/MediaPunch /IPXATLANTA, GA – SEPTEMBER 18, 2016 Silento attends the 2016 Triump Awards at the Tabernacle, September 18, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia. Photo Credit: Walik Goshorn / Mediapunch /IPXSilento wins Best Dance Performance at the 2015 Soul Train Awards at the Orleans Arena on Friday, Nov. 6, 2015, in Las Vegas. (Photo by Al Powers/Powers Imagery/Invision/AP)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – MARCH 14: Silento attends Chief Keef x Zaytoven GloToven Listening Party hosted by ASAP Bari on March 14, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Rodin Eckenroth/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CA – JUNE 15:Rapper Silento performs onstage with Jillian Estell at Jillian Estell’s red carpet birthday party with a purpose benefitting The Celiac Disease Foundation on June 15, 2018 in Los Angeles, California.(Photo by Tasia Wells/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CA – JUNE 15:(L-R) Jillian Estell, rapper Silento and musical artist Tyeler Reign attend Jillian Estell’s red carpet birthday party with a purpose benefitting The Celiac Disease Foundation on June 15, 2018 in Los Angeles, California.(Photo by Tasia Wells/Getty Images)ATLANTA, GA – JULY 16:Silento (C) with Shyann Roberts, Gabby Carreiro, Brienna DeVlugt, Ashly Williams, Kristal Lyndriette of of June’s Diary attend V-103 Car & Bike Show at Georgia World Congress Center on July 16, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia.(Photo by Paras Griffin/WireImage)Rap viral sensation, Silento, partners with M&M’S® as part of the brand’s Halloween celebrations for the community of Newark, on Wednesday, October 28, 2015 in Newark, N.J. Residents enjoyed family-friendly activities and free candy as well as a surprise performance from Silento. (Photo by Stuart Ramson/Invision for M&M’S®/AP Images)Up Next

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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.

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

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