The performer, whose real name is Roland Collins, is charged with attempted murder, weapons possession and other charges in what was a fatal shooting incident at a T.I. concert at Irving Plaza on May 25.
Collins’ bodyguard and boyhood pal Ronald McPhatter was killed. Collins denies that he was the one who fired the bullet that killed his friend.
Collins was shot in the leg and was again brought into the courtroom handcuffed to a wheelchair.
After weeks in custody being held without bail, prosecutors consented to his release on a half million.
He’s required to wear an ankle bracelet and cannot leave the city, a request made by Assistant District Attorney Joshua Steinglass and approved by Justice Ronald Zweibel.
Collins must also stay away from all concert halls, bars, arenas and other performance venues.
The order essentially handcuffs his career while the case is pending and he will be missing a number of shows he was contracted to perform at, his attorney John Stella said.
Steinglass told the judge that the circumstances surrounding McPhatter’s death are still under investigation but made clear that Collins is not ruled out as a murder suspect.
“What is clear is that the investigation from the outset has been hampered by the defendant who not only fired and removed the weapon from the crime scene, he refused to help in any way [to identify] who killed McPhatter,” Steinglass said.
He later clarified that it is still unclear if Collins, who was seen on video firing a weapon, is the lone shooter or if another person is involved.
“That’s not to suggesting those are two separate people, it may well be the same person,” Steinglass said.
Stella has argued that Collins wrestled the gun away from the man who killed McPhatter and fired back in self-defense.
“We feel that we have a case to present that’s ultimately going to exonerate him and indicate that his actions were justified,” Stella told reporters outside the courtroom.
Stella and a family member supported Collins as he left the wheelchair and limped from the holding area to the elevators with his family.
His mother barked at reporters who boarded the same elevator as her son and other relatives and blocked the door while throwing a fit until court staff arrived.
“No comment,” she said later. “Respect people’s privacy. How about that?”
Collins had Givenchy Paris slides on his feet and a matching hoodie draped around his shoulders.
He was helped into a cream-colored Mercedes SUV with music blaring outside the courthouse.
The terms of his bail also bar him from visiting his two young children in New Jersey, his lawyer said.