YOUNG Thug’s lawyer has said that he will fight the allegations against the rapper to “the last drop of blood.”
“Mr Williams has committed no violation of law, whatsoever. We will fight this case ethically, legally, and zealously. Mr Williams will be cleared,” Young Thug’s lawyer Brian Steel told NBC.
The indictment is against members and associates of Young Slime Life, also known as “YSL.” This includes Young Thug’s rapper pal Gunna.
Charges include conspiring to violate the RICO Act, murder, armed robbery, and participation in criminal street gang activity.
Atlanta Police Chief Rodney Bryant will hold a press conference to discuss the indictment against the rappers.
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Young Thug’s court appearance has not been set
The next court appearance date for Young Thug has not been set, Michael Seiden reported.
The rapper will remain jailed at this time.
What does the indictment say?
The indictment alleges that YSL members engaged in the following activities:
- Preserving, protecting and enhancing the reputation, power and territory of the enterprise by the posting of messages, images, videos and songs, demonstrating allegiance to the enterprise and a willingness to engage in violence on its behalf;
- Maintaining armed individuals ready and willing to preserve, protect and enhance the reputation, power and territory of the enterprise through the use of violence;
- Obtaining money, weapons and other property through acts of racketeering activity, including robbery, theft and the unlawful sale and distribution of drugs;
- Obstructing law enforcement investigations and court proceedings through witness intimidation and attacks upon law enforcement officers.
Young Thug not appearing in court today
Thug will not make his first appearance today in court, Michael Seiden said on Twitter.
A Fulton County official apparently said he will appear before a superior court judge.
‘YSL not a street gang’
Young Thug’s attorney Brian Steel said that Young Slime Life is not a street gang, the New York Times reported.
“Mr Williams came from an incredible horrible upbringing, and he has conducted himself throughout his life in a way that is just to marvel at,” Steel said.
“He’s committed no crime whatsoever. The indictment is baseless to include him.”
District Attorney addresses gang violence
Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis said that street gangs are responsible for 75 percent of crimes in the county, Michael Seiden reported from the press conference.
Willis has previously been very tough on gang activity during her tenure as DA.
Atlanta officials are holding a press conference to address Young Thug’s arrest.
Young Thug’s attorney vowed to fight allegations
Thug’s defense attorney said he would fight the allegations to his “last drop of blood,” NBC reported.
Brian Steel, the attorney, said that his client is innocent and will be vindicated in due time.
“Mr Williams has committed no violation of law, whatsoever. We will fight this case ethically, legally, and zealously. Mr Williams will be cleared,” Steel told NBC.
Young Thug’s feud with YFN Lucci, continued
Lucci has called out Thug for wearing dresses, insisting Pac would never have done that.
And he once claimed to have slept with Thug’s longtime girlfriend Jerrika Karlae, which she denied.
Now, both men are being held in Georgia’s Fulton County Jail while awaiting court hearings.
Lucci has claimed he was stabbed in the prison and fears he will die there unless he is freed.
Young Thug’s feud with YFN Lucci
After Thug was arrested, he was booked in the same jail that his rival Lucci was locked up on a murder charge.
The feud between Thug and Lucci is said to have begun in 2017.
It stems from Thug proclaiming himself the “new Tupac Shakur”, reports Hip Hop DX.
Indictment says Lil Wayne was a victim
The superstar rapper Lil Wayne was apparently a victim of YSL’s criminal activity, the 88-page indictment says.
Lil Wayne, real name Dwayne Carter, was apparently shot at by a YSL member named Jimmy Winfrey.
Winfrey apparently shot at Wayne’s tour bus in 2015, the New York Times reported.
Does Young Thug have children?
In 2016, the rapper opened up about fatherhood during an interview with GQ, revealing that it has been the hardest thing he has ever had to do.
“They ain’t easy. It be like, ‘If I could take this back? Yes, what the f*** was I thinking!’” he told the media outlet.
Young Thug previous arrests, continued
By the time he was seventeen, he became a father.
It was at this age he realised his talent for rapping, and decided to make changes in his lifestyle to fulfil his potential and break away from a life of poverty.
Young Thug previous arrests
Young Thug grew up in the midst of crime and violence.
During school, Young Thug was expelled after breaking his teacher’s arm and was put into juvenile detention for four years.
It is alleged his involvement in violence continued throughout his teenage years, as he developed bad habits including gambling and drug use.
What crimes are covered by the RICO act?
Racketeering violations are regarded as “predicate offenses”, referring to a crime committed which is a component of a larger crime.
- Distribution of a controlled substance
- Mail fraud
- Money laundering
- Wire fraud
- Witness tampering
What constitutes breaking RICO laws?
To convict a defendant accused of violating RICO laws, the government must prove a number of things beyond a reasonable doubt.
- That a criminal enterprise existed
- That the actions of the group affected interstate business
- That the defendant was associated with or employed by the organization
- That the accused was involved in a pattern of racketeering activity
- That the defendant was party to the operations conducted by the enterprise during at least two acts throughout the sequence of racketeering activity
What are RICO charges?
The Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) is a United States federal law passed by Congress in 1970.
The legislation, signed by President Richard Nixon, explicitly aimed to combat organized crime across the United States.
It allows criminals to be hit with extended penalties and a civil cause of action for their roles in criminal organisation.
It specifically focuses on racketeering and targets kingpins by allowing them to be tried for crimes that they ordered or assisted in.
Before the RICO Act, a person could be absolved from prosecution if they did not personally commit the crime.
Why was Gunna indicted in this case? continued
While all 28 defendants were charged with conspiracy to violate RICO, Gunna and Thug’s fellow defendants face additional charges including armed robbery, aggravated assault, drugs, and weapons charges.
The indictment also claims that Gunna was wearing chains that read “YSL” and “Slatt” in the video for his Lil Keed collaboration “Fox 5.”
Prosecutors argued that his wardrobe in the video and the line “we got ten-hundred round choppers” amount to “an overt act in furtherance of the conspiracy.”
Why was Gunna indicted in this case?
On May 9, 2022, Young Thug was arrested in Atlanta.
Gunna faces charges due to his affiliation with Young Thug’s group Young Slime Life aka “YSL.”
The indictment defines YSL as a “criminal street gang” founded in 2012 with an affiliation with the Bloods – a primarily African-American street gang founded in Los Angeles, California.
Who is Gunna?
Gunna is the stage name for American rapper Sergio Giavanni Kitchens.
He is signed to Young Thug’s record label YSL Records, as well as 300 Entertainment and Atlantic Records.
He first raised in the ranks after featuring on Young Thug’s “Floyd Mayweather,” alongside Gucci Mane and Travis Scott.
Who else was indicted in the case? continued
Gunna, Yak Gotti, PeeWee Roscoe, and Young Thug’s brother Unfoonk were also indicted.
Young Thug is being held in Fulton County Jail.
Who else was indicted in the case?
The rapper’s arrest is the result of a larger grand jury indictment that names 28 members and associates of his label YSL Records.
The 56-count indictment cites their lyrics as conspiring to violate the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act.
It runs a whopping 88 pages long, according to The New York Times.
When is Young Thug set to appear in court?
Young Thug is set to appear in court today at 11.30 ET.
Who is Young Thug?
Young Thug is an American rapper best known for the songs Go Crazy, Solid, and Bubbly.
Young Thug’s real name is Jeffery Lamar Williams.
He was born in 1991 in Atlanta, Georgia.
Thug was arrested yesterday with one count of attempted murder and one count of participating in criminal street gang activity.
Why was Young Thug arrested?
Young Thug was charged on Monday with a 56-count indictment in Georgia, reports say.
A group of 28 members and associates of group Young Slime Life is facing charges that include conspiring to violate the RICO Act, murder, armed robbery, and participation in criminal street gang activity.
Young Thug, for his part, has been accused of renting a 2014 Infiniti Q50 sedan from Hertz that was used in the commission of a murder rival gang member, Donovan Thomas Jr, in 2015, in addition to the aforementioned charges.