Lawyers for Young Thug, who was arrested this week under an indictment alleging co-founder of a violent street gang, filed an emergency motion Friday seeking bond for the Atlanta rapper, including His captivity was called “inhumane”.
The artist, whose real name is Jeffrey Lamar Williams, was arrested Monday at his Atlanta home. He is one of 28 people charged with racketeering in Fulton County, Georgia. Prosecutors say the gang has committed several murders and shootings over the past decade.
The bond motion was filed Friday, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported. In it, Young Thug’s attorney, Brian Steele, said that his client had spent the past four days in isolation “as if he was the only person in the world,” and as other local news outlets reported.
The paper reported that the proposal calls for better conditions and argues that 24-hour overhead lights are placed to prevent Williams from sleeping. Williams’ lawyers also said she was being served “inedible” food, and was not given the opportunity to exercise, bathe, or interact with anyone other than her lawyers.
Williams remains in Cobb County Jail as he awaits a bond hearing at Fulton County Superior Court.
According to news outlet WSB-TV, the Cobb County Sheriff’s Office has said that Williams is being held in administrative solitary confinement for her own safety, and that the lights are on so that officers can investigate and make sure she is Okay.
Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis announced the charges Tuesday. Prosecutors say that in late 2012, Williams and two others founded Young Slim Life, a violent criminal street gang commonly known as YSL and affiliated with the National Blood Gang.
The 88-page indictment, filed Monday in Georgia’s Fulton County, cited the lyrics of several music videos as evidence and accused the alleged gang members of collecting money for the Atlanta gang, promoting its reputation, and increasing its power and territory. Accused of committing a violent crime to aggravate. It is also alleged that Young Thug had hired a car which was used in a gang murder.
The rapper’s lawyer, Steele, previously told news outlets that “Mr. Williams committed no crime” and that he would “fight to the last drop of his blood to clean her up.”
Also accused in the indictment was rapper Gunna, whose real name is Sergio Kitchen. Gunna was incarcerated in an Atlanta prison on Wednesday on charges of racketeering. It was not immediately clear whether he had a lawyer who could comment on the charges against him.
Among his other successes, Young Thug co-wrote the hit “This Is America” with Childish Gambino, which made history when it became the first hip-hop track to win a Grammy Song of the Year in 2019.