Benzino ‘embarrassed’ as nephew claims self-defense in shooting
The nephew of Boston hip-hop and reality television star Benzino claims he shot his famous uncle during a family funeral procession in order to protect himself.
Gai Scott, 36, of Randolph, pleaded not guilty Monday in Plymouth District Court to armed assault with intent to murder for allegedly shooting his uncle, whose real name is Raymond Scott, on Route 3 in Duxbury.
“When the dust settles with respect to this case, it’s going to be abundantly clear that Mr. Scott, a licensed gun owner, was acting in self-defense and in defense of his family,” Scott’s attorney said.
Scott was ordered held without bail pending a dangerousness hearing Wednesday.
Benzino, 48, appears in the VH1 series “Love & Hip Hop Atlanta.”
The shooting allegedly happened when Benzino came upon the funeral procession, which was for his mother, Mary Scott of Dorchester.
The Boston native was released Monday from South Shore Hospital in Weymouth.
In a bedside interview, he told TheNEHipHop.com “I’m more embarrassed than anything else to be honest with you because of me being a public figure, and then having people to see that me and my family is going through that. I didn’t appreciate that but at the end of the day my mother is up there with her family now. I know she’s resting.”
He told the website he was shot in his arm and back, and will do physical therapy on his hand.
“It’s unfortunate. Money brings the worst out of people.”
Benzino goes on to discuss his career as a fledgling hip-hop artist in Boston, and criticized the city’s apparent lack of support for hip-hop.
“Boston’s been hard on me, not the people, but the press, the police, the media… the politicians. Boson’s been hard on me and my group. Coming up as a rap group in Boston… it’s funny because people don’t understand really that Boston kind of suppresses hip-hop. We went through hell trying to get our groups poppin’.”
“The vibe here, it’s just a weird vibe… You got to go to Providence to go to a rap show,” he said, adding that despite his view, it’s “his city” and he “loves it to death.”