Benzino’s Nephew Claims Self-Defense, Says He’s Using Media for Self Promotion

Rucuss staffMarch 31, 2014

There’s always three sides to every story–yours, theirs and the truth.

Love & Hip Hop Atlanta star Benzino and his nephew Gai Scott are hoping their versions of Saturday’s shooting holds up in court. Gai shot Benzino in the right arm on Saturday while the reality star was riding in his mother’s funeral procession.

Benzino claims Gai opened fire on his car because of a heated argument that took place earlier that day. Benzino blames jealousy and money for the bitter family feud.  He was stunned that the family feud escalated to the point of violence.

“Money, jealousy, and envy” destroy family relationships, Benzino told The Boston Globe, who has given thousands of dollars to the relatives involved. . “You hear about these things, but you never think it could happen to you. At the end of the day, my mom was in my corner.”

Benzino Shot During Mother’s Funeral Procession

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But Gai’s attorney Jon Ciraulo paints a different story. Ciraulo told the Boston Globe that Gai opened fire to protect himself. Gai appeared in Plymouth District Court on Monday to face a charge of armed assault with intent to murder.

A not-guilty plea was entered on his behalf by his attorney. Ciraulo said, “When the dust settles, this case will be shown to be self-defense.”

Benzino’s long-time attorney, Martin K. Leppo, responded on the 48-year old’s behalf, saying that he does not believe his client was shot 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,”Leppo said.

Benzino’s attorney also insists that Benzino decided against attending the funeral for his mother and was en route to pickup a friend in Plymouth when he chanced upon the funeral entourage.

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Maureen Scott, who is Benzino’s sister and Gai’s mother accuses Benzino for using the incident to self-promote.

“My client and his family, including Maureen [Scott] vehemently deny any accusations that Benzino is making,” Maureen said. “I would suggest that he [the uncle] has an agenda in utilizing and self-promoting at this time.

Benzino was discharged from the hospital shortly after 11 a.m. today and has yet to respond to his nephew’s self-defense claims.

Photos via Instagram and Boston Globe

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