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Yo Gotti pleads not guilty to charge of starting a riot

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - One of two Memphis rappers accused of starting a melee inside a local nightclub that ended in a shooting appeared in court Tuesday morning.

Mario Mims, better known as Yo Gotti, is charged with starting a riot.  In court Tuesday, he pleaded not guilty.

"We're confident that at the end of this that Yo Gotti will be found not guilty and this case will be dismissed," said Yo Gotti's attorney, Art Horne said.

Yo Gotti is accused of being involved in a verbal altercation that started a melee that ended with six people shot outside Level II nightclub on Thanksgiving weekend.

"When you're a celebrity, people automatically want to tie negative things to you and build them up, and that's what has happened in this case," Horne said.

Yo Got tie was the subject of a verbal attack on a track from another Memphis rapper, Lance Taylor, who is better known as OG Boo Dirty.

"A lot of people want to make him out to be this terrible person, and he's not like that," said OG Boo Dirty's cousin, Marjorie Branch.

OG Boo Dirty also faces an aggravated riot charge, accused of being the other person involved in the initial "verbal altercation" with Yo Gotti.  In court Tuesday, he was nowhere to be found.

"It's always his name being brought up," Branch said. And I just want to set the record straight: It's not him."

Branch believes her cousin went to the club not to start a riot, but to have a good time.

"Upon him leaving the club, he found his vehicle on a flat, not just one, but two," Branch said. "So the question is, was somebody trying to really get him that night? Was this a set up?"

OG Boo Dirty has not been booked in this case.  Branch her cousin plans to turn himself in, but he's the only that can make that decision.

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