Rapper Silento charged with threatening family in Valley Village with a hatchet

The rapper Silento has been charged with threatening two strangers with a hatchet at their home in Valley Village, prosecutors said Thursday.
LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- The rapper Silento has been charged with threatening two strangers with a hatchet at their home in Valley Village, prosecutors said Thursday.

The rapper was arrested for two separate alleged incidents recently, one for domestic violence in Santa Ana, and one for entering a home in the San Fernando Valley with a hatchet and threatening the residents there.

Silento's real name is Richard Lamar Hawk, age 22.

The Los Angeles District Attorney's Office said two felony counts of assault with a deadly weapon have been filed against him, noting the alleged crime was committed while he was out on bail for the Santa Ana incident.

Hawk is expected to be arraigned Friday in Van Nuys. Bail was set at $105,000. If convicted on the two counts for the Valley Village incident, he faces a possible maximum sentence up to six years in state prison.

Using the stage name Silento, Hawk rocketed to fame in 2015 when his hit single "Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae)" topped the charts. The song inspired a dance craze at the time, along with countless social media videos of fans performing the individual dances.

"Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae)" has since been viewed more than 1.7 billion times on YouTube.
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