Well the nephew of rapper and reality TV star Benzino appeared in court yesteday on assault charges in the shooting of his uncle during a funeral procession south of Boston over the weekend.

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Gai Scott, 36, pleaded not guilty through his attorney, who asserted that his client was trying to protect himself during the odd turn of events.

Scott shot Benzino, whose real name is Raymond Scott, on Route 3 in Duxbury on Saturday as Benzino came upon his own mother’s funeral procession, authorities said.

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“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,” said Jon Ciraulo, Gai Scott’s lawyer.

The Plymouth district attorney’s office said in a statement that “growing family tension” between the men was behind the shooting.

Benzino, who was released Monday from South Shore Hospital in Weymouth, said he had paid his respects to his mother in private at a Quincy funeral home but decided to skip the procession and funeral because of tensions in the family over money.