As Def Sounds previously reported, Benzino was shot multiple times by his nephew during the funeral procession for his mother.

Now, today, Benzino’s nephew, Gai Scott, appeared in court to face charges of armed assault with attempt to murder, which his lawyer said he shot in self defense to protect his family, and from his hospital bed, Benzino spoke on what he believes was the motive behind the shooting.

Benzino stated:

I felt in the past, my sister and my nephew were taking advantage of my mother.

He adds:

I spoke up about that, and I dont know what it caused now, but if you ask me, I did speak up on it years ago when loans were taken out on her house.

Watch Benzino’s interview with Boston’s WCVB Channel 5 below:

In another interview, last night, with Boston’s CBS 4, Benzino says he’s lucky to be alive as he explains what went down while stating he was shot two-times, not three as earlier reports claimed:



Earlier today, Gai Scott, the 36- year old nephew of Benzino appeared in Plymouth District Court for his arraignment on charges of armed assault with attempt to murder.

As reported by the Boston Herald, Scott’s lawyer stated that his client shot his uncle Benzino in self-defense.

Jon Ciraulo, Gai Scott’s lawyer stated:

It’s very early in the game, but 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 is being held with no bail as he’s set to appear back in court for a dangerousness hearing on Wednesday.


Update: Benzino’s sister, Maureen Scott, who is the accused shooter Gai Scott’s mother, spoke out through her attorney about Benzino’s comments about her son and her taking advantage of their mother.

Christopher B. Coughlin, the attorney for Maureen Scott, says that Benzino’s statements should be dismissed, as he stated:

“My client and his family, including Maureen [Scott] vehemently deny any accusations that Benzino is making.’’

He adds:

“I would suggest that he [the uncle] has an agenda in utilizing and self-promoting at this time.’’