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Young Thug was denied bail by a judge in Fulton County, Georgia on Thursday, June 2. After an hour-long hearing, the rapper – who was arrested last month on gang activity and racketeering charges – was deemed a potential danger to the Atlanta community and witnesses in the case.
As The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports, Young Thug (born Jeffery Williams) pleaded not guilty during the hearing and his lawyers promised to hire a team of off-duty law enforcement officers to monitor his activity if he was allowed to be house arrest. Williams’ attorney Brian Steel said the rapper was also willing to wear an ankle monitor, undergo regular drug tests and surrender his cellphone and passport.
Machine Gun Kelly and 300 Entertainment co-founder Kevin Liles spoke on behalf of Young Thug during Thursday’s hearing. “I truly believe that all of this is not him. This is not the Jeffery that I know. The Jeffery that I know would give me the clothes off his back,” Liles said (via Billboard). Liles also said he was “ready to support [Young Thug] personally and professionally. »
However, Judge Ural Glanville was ultimately swayed by prosecutor Don Geary, who claimed that other gang members had confessed to him that they feared Young Thug would take revenge on them. As such, Young Thug will remain in prison until his trial, currently scheduled for January 9, 2023.
Young Thug was arrested on May 9 and charged with one count of participating in street gang activity and conspiring to violate the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO). The arrest was part of a 56-count indictment against his collective YSL (Young Slime Life) which prosecutors say is affiliated with the Bloods. Shortly after his arrest, Young Thug was hit with seven more felony charges after a police raid on his home revealed guns and drugs.
YSL member Gunna, who is charged with one count of conspiracy to violate the RICO Act, was denied bail by Judge Ural Glanville last week.
Revisit our explainer on Young Thug’s legal issues (and what racketeering and RICO law really mean) here. The rapper last appeared alongside Dua Lipa on Calvin Harris’ “Potion,” a track we named Song of the Week.
Judge declares young hoodlum a ‘potential danger to the community’ and denies bail request
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