Young Thug has been called a “danger to the community” by a judge who denied him bond.
Last month, the rapper whose real name is Jeffery Lamar Williams was arrested on charges of participation in street gang activity and conspiring to violate the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organisations (RICO) Act. His labelmate, Gunna, was also arrested and refused bond.
Authorities allege YSL, which is an acronym for Young Stoner Life, is a front for a “criminal street gang” that Thug co-founded in Atlanta in 2012. In his defence, Williams’ lawyer, Brian Steel, claimed the rapper “committed no violation of law whatsoever” and that his team “will fight this case ethically, legally and zealously”.
Steel has reiterated his stance, and told WSB-TV: “I’ll tell you the response to any allegation; Mr Williams committed no crime whatsoever.” He also claimed his client is currently being held in “solitary confinement” in a “windowless cement compartment with only a bed and a toilet and an overhead light which remains on 24 hours per day.”
Unfortunately for Thug, a bond has been refused for the rapper after a judge claimed that he’s a potential danger to the rest of the community. “There has been significant proffers about Mr. Williams being a danger to the community,” Judge Ural D. Glanville said.
He added: “In particular, the state’s proffer that they have taken proffers from other gang members – people who are in this particular indictment and others who are not in this indictment – that he is the leader of the gang, he is dangerous and if he crosses them he’ll kill them or their families.”
Both Thug and Gunna’s trials are set to begin on January 9th, 2023.