On Tuesday (May 31), 50 Cent, who visited Ave in the hospital after Ave was shot, went on his Instagram account and posted a photo of the Brooklyn rapper handcuffed in a wheelchair being wheeled into his arraignment on Monday (May 30).
“Self Defense thats more like it now,” he wrote in the caption. “Hold ya head TROY. See how the story change.”
He isn’t the only rapper supporting Ave either. Meek Mill went on his IG page, with the same photo, and shared his support for the BSB leader.
“The laws they made ain’t designed to protect us! ‘They like get killed or get a 100 years’ Don’t let the press ‘gas’ you to go against ya own people!” read Mill’s caption.
Ave was seen holding a gun while backstage in video footage released by authorities but the 33-year-old claims that he was acting in self-defense. The gunfire ended in the death of Ave’s bodyguard, Ronald McPhatter, and three injuries including Ave, who was shot in the leg and Maino’s girlfriend, Maggie Carrie Heckstall.
Since the shooting, Ave has pled not guilty to attempted murder charges. His attorney, Scott Leemon, says Ave is actually the victim in the case.
“[Troy Ave] didn’t shoot himself, he didn’t shoot his lifelong friend and bodyguard, Ronald McPhatter,” he said. “Ronald died a hero and should be remembered that way. The snippet of the video released by NYPD doesn’t tell the whole story.”
Troy Ave, who is still nursing a gunshot wound to his leg, is still in police custody and is being held without bail.