Six fresh felonies have been filed against American rapper Young Thug on the basis of claims that he belonged to a criminal street gang.
Along with four other defendants, the 30-year-old artist is charged with conspiring to break Georgia’s Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (often known as RICO). Following the filing of an indictment in Fulton County Superior Court last week, the information became public.
After being taken into custody in May at his home in Atlanta, the musician, whose real name is Jeffery Williams, is now facing a number of accusations. According to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, they include possession of a machine gun, drug charges, violating Georgia’s controlled drugs act, and having a gun while committing a crime.
The Young Slime Life street gang was accused of ordering 28 others to commit crimes in 56 counts that were initially filed against them. One of the three founders of the Atlanta-based gang, which is allegedly affiliated with the Bloods gang, is said to be Young Thug.
The original indictment also included the rapper Gunna’s name. Gunna (real name Sergio Kitchens) was also accused of conspiring to break the RICO law in records provided to EW by the Fulton County District Attorney’s office at the time.
Williams’ lawyer, Brian Steel, insisted in a statement that his client is guiltless. Williams has committed no crimes at all, Steel said on Wednesday to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “We cannot wait for a trial date.”
Williams was refused bond and is presently incarcerated; a new hearing is planned for next week. The gang-related charge dates back to 2018, while the conspiracy charge has connections to events as far back as 2013, according to the Associated Press.
Young Thug is most known for writing the song “This Is America” with Childish Gambino, Donald Glover’s stage name musical moniker. The song went on to win Song of the Year at the 2019 Grammys, making history as the first hip-hop song to do so.
The date of the potential trial has been set for January 9, 2023.