Gunna, Young Thug Denied Bond in YSL Gang Charge, Trial Set

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Gunna was denied bail for a gang-related charge brought against him earlier this month. Fox 5 Atlanta reported that the rapper, born Sergio Kitchens, pleaded not guilty to a racketeering charge during a May 23 hearing in Fulton County, Georgia. A judge made the decision after prosecutors argued that Gunna could intimidate potential witnesses if he were released, claiming he was in a “command position” at YSL, the record label prosecutors claim is a gang acts. The rapper’s legal team denied these claims to Vulture. “We believe that when the court hears evidence, not just the prosecutor’s words, it will determine that the release of Sergio on bail will not pose, directly or indirectly, any significant risk to witnesses,” Steve Sadow said. Gunna’s trial is scheduled for January 9, 2023. The rapper was said to be playing over a dozen shows since the arrest, some of which have already been cancelled.

Gunna’s indictment came as part of a larger indictment against YSL, the label founded by Young Thug, a mentor of Gunna’s who was also arrested. An emergency bail hearing for Young Thug, born Jeffery Williams, has been postponed after a judge initially denied him bail. Young Thug’s attorney is requesting bail over the rapper’s alleged “inhumane” detention, according to Fox 5.

The case against YSL – which includes a total of 28 rappers and associates, including Yak Gotti, Duke and Young Thug’s brother Unfoonk – has already been closely watched for being the latest incident by prosecutors targeting hip-hop. In the first indictment, prosecutors cited a number of rap lyrics as evidence of alleged gang activity, despite persistent urging that rap lyrics be considered artistic and fictitious and removed from evidence. Gunna, Young Thug Denied Bond in YSL Gang Charge, Trial Set

Lindsay Lowe

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