We told you on Sunday that Love and Hip Hop Atlanta star, Benzino, was shot during a funeral procession for his mother in Massachusetts. Sadly, as the story goes, the gunman was his own nephew, Gai Scott, 36. Benzino, born Raymond Scott, 48, was riding in a Dodge Charger near the funeral procession, and his nephew was in a Bentley. At some point, their vehicles came side-by-side and Scott opened fire. Benzino was reportedly hit three times, including in his back and in his bicep. The tension between Benzino and his nephew had been growing for some time and obviously boiled over on the way to the funeral.
Now, in an interview with WXIA in Atlanta, the LHHATL star claims that the attack on him by his nephew could have had a lot to do with the fact that Benzino confronted his sister, Maureen Scott, and her son in the past about taking advantage of his mother (whose funeral the family was attending on Saturday).
“In the past I felt like, yes, my sister and my nephew was taking advantage of my mother. Yes. I spoke up about that, I don’t know what it caused now, but I did speak about it years ago. There were some loans taken out of her house.”
He also told The Boston Globe what he saw when he was fired upon on Saturday:
“I looked over, there was a car, and all I saw was a gun shooting at me.”
Benzino is home from the hospital today, but his nephew was arraigned this morning in court. He has been charged with armed assault and intent to murder.
Surprisingly, according to The Boston Globe, the nephew’s lawyer, Jon Ciraulo, says that he shot Benzino in self-defense and he has filed a not-guilty plea for his client. Ciraulo is also a lawyer for Benzino’s sister and says that Benzino has lied on Gai and is just seeking attention at this time:
“When the dust settles, this case will be shown to be self-defense.
My client and his family, including Maureen [Scott] vehemently deny any accusations that Benzino is making. I would suggest that he [the uncle] has an agenda in utilizing and self-promoting at this time.”
But Benzino’s long-time attorney, Martin K. Leppo, says Gai’s behavior was anything but in self-defense:
“Six shots into Ray Scott’s car, and he chased him on the highway. That doesn’t sound like self-defense to me.”
The drama continues, and we’ll keep you posted on new developments.