Lawyers for Young Thug, arrested this week on charges that he co-founded a violent street gang, filed an emergency motion Friday seeking bail for the Atlanta rapper, calling his imprisonment “inhumane.”
The performer, whose real name is Jeffrey Lamar Williams, was arrested Monday at his Atlanta home. He is one of 28 people indicted on racketeering charges in Fulton County, Georgia. The gang committed multiple murders and shootings over about a decade, prosecutors said.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that the bond motion was filed on Friday. In it, Young Thug’s attorney, Brian Steele, said his client had been in isolation for the past four days “as if he were one of the world’s forgotten people,” according to local news outlets.
The motion seeks better conditions and claims that overhead lights remain on 24 hours a day to prevent Williams from sleeping, the newspaper reported. Williams’ attorney also said he was given “inedible” food and that he had no opportunity to exercise, shower or interact with anyone other than his attorney.
Williams remains in the Cobb County Jail pending a bail hearing in Fulton County Superior Court.
According to news outlet WSB-TV, the Cobb County Sheriff’s Office said Williams was being held in administrative solitary confinement for his own safety, with the lights on so police could check and make sure he was okay.
Fulton County District Attorney Fanny Willis announced the charges Tuesday. In late 2012, Williams and two others founded Young Slime Life, a violent criminal street gang commonly known as the YSL, part of the National Bloody Gang, prosecutors said.
The 88-page indictment, filed Monday in Fulton County, Georgia, cites lyrics from multiple music videos as evidence and charges the alleged gang members with violent crimes, collecting money for Atlanta gangs, raising its reputation and enhance its power and territory. It also claims that Young Thug rented a car that was used for gang murders.
The rapper’s attorney, Steele, earlier told the news outlet that “Mr. Williams committed no crime” and that he would “fight to the last drop of blood to clear him.”
Also charged was rapper Gunna, whose real name is Sergio Kitchens. Gunner was sent to an Atlanta jail on Wednesday on racketeering charges. It is unclear whether he has a lawyer who can comment on the charges he faces.
Among his other successes, Young Thug co-wrote the hit “This is America” with Childish Gambino, becoming the first hip-hop song in history to win the 2019 Grammy Song of the Year.