ATLANTA (AP) — Lawyers for Young Thug, who was arrested this week on an indictment accusing him of co-founding a violent street gang, filed an emergency motion Friday seeking bail for the Atlanta rapper, calling his prison conditions “inhuman”.
The artist, whose real name is Jeffery Lamar Williams, was arrested Monday at his home in Atlanta. He is one of 28 people charged in Fulton County, Georgia with racketeering charges. Prosecutors say the gang committed several murders and shootings over roughly a decade.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that the bail petition was filed on Friday. In it, Young Thug’s attorney, Brian Steel, said his client had spent the past four days in solitary confinement “like he was a forgotten person alone in the world,” according to this and other local media.
The motion argued that the ceiling light is kept on 24 hours a day, preventing Williams from sleeping, the newspaper reported. Lawyers for Williams also said he was served ‘inedible’ food and was not given the opportunity to exercise, shower or interact with anyone other than his lawyers.
Williams remains in the Cobb County Jail pending a bail hearing in Fulton County Superior Court.
Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis announced the charges Tuesday. Prosecutors say that in late 2012, Williams and two others founded Young Slime Life, a violent criminal street gang commonly known as YSL and affiliated with the national Bloods gang.
The 88-page indictment filed Monday in Fulton County, Georgia cites lyrics from several music videos as evidence and accuses alleged gang members of committing violent crimes to raise money for the gang. Atlanta, promote its reputation and strengthen its power and territory. He also alleges that Young Thug rented a car that was used in a gang murder.
Steel, the rapper’s attorney, previously told media that “Mr. Williams has committed no crime” and he “would fight to the last drop of blood to clear it”.
Rapper Gunna, real name Sergio Kitchens, was also charged in the indictment. Gunna was incarcerated in an Atlanta prison on Wednesday for racketeering. It was not immediately clear if he had an attorney who could comment on the charge against him.
Among his other successes, Young Thug co-wrote the hit “This is America” with Childish Gambino, making history by becoming the first hip-hop track to win Grammy Song of the Year in 2019.
The Associated Press