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UPDATE: Mally Mall released, tells TMZ he was not arrested

Posted: 1:25 PM, Apr 03, 2019
Updated: 2019-04-04 11:07:10-04
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UPDATE APRIL 4: TMZ is now reporting that Mally Mall says he was never actually arrested, just detained. Mall and his attorney say that the accusations of human and animal trafficking are bogus and if there were any real evidence, he would have been arrested.

TMZ also says they were told that a Texas woman is accusing Mall of drugging and raping her and keeping her in a locked room and those allegations were one reason for the raid. Sources close to Mall say everything was consensual and the woman has since tried to squeeze money out of Mall.

The investigation into animal trafficking were supposedly triggered by social media posts by Mall.

ORIGINAL STORY
TMZ is reporting that hip-hop producer and star of "Love and Hip Hop" Mally Mall has been arrested in California for possible human and animal trafficking.

The arrest came after a raid by the Los Angeles Police Department and California Fish & Wildlife department on Wednesday morning.

This is not the first time that Mall, whose real name is Jamal Rashid, has been raided in connection to human trafficking.

His million-dollar Las Vegas home in the southeast part of the valley was raided in 2014 by the FBI. At that time, it was believed that he was running an escort service named Las Vegas Concierge. No arrests were made at the time.

In 2016, an exotic cat died because of a fire at Mall's Las Vegas home. Mall had a permit for 2 exotic animals at the time.

Mall has also had several issues with exotic animals in the past. The health department launched an investigation in 2016 after he brought a capuchin monkey to a strip club.

The raid began early Wednesday morning. At 10:45 a.m., TMZ reported that Mally and others had been arrested. Shortly after noon, TMZ reported that a Serval cat and spider monkey was seized.

According to property records, Mall still owns the house that was raided in Las Vegas. He bought the home in 2005.