Kodak Black made an appearance in Broward court Friday for a judge to determine whether he should be released from jail. The “Tunnel Vision” rapper, born Dieuson Octave, was taken into custody Feb. 28 for violating the terms of his house arrest.
Broward Circuit Judge Michael Lynch could not reach a decision, and scheduled a continuation for March 20, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
Kodak’s probation officer, Sandy Friedman, reportedly streamed YouTube videos in court that showed the rapper’s attitude. In one video, Kodak can be heard yelling and cursing about his efforts to comply with the terms of the mandated classes. In another video, Kodak looks at the camera and says he’s late for a session, then denied being late when he arrives.
Kodak reportedly violated probation for charges from his May 2016 arrest for strong arm robbery, false imprisonment, possession of a firearm by a delinquent and fleeing or attempting to elude law enforcement.
Kodak violated his probation by “failing to remain confined to his approved residence except for one half hour before and after approved employment, public service work, or any other special activities approved by the officer […] on various times and dates, as evidenced from the pictures on video showing the offender at various places that were not approved.”
Kodak’s decision to perform for Adrien Broner backfired. Kodak walked Broker to the ring for his match against Adrian Granados the night of Saturday, Feb. 18.
In December, Project Baby was released from jail in South Carolina after posting $100,000 bond, according to the Sun Sentinel.
A photo posted on Kodak’s IG account shows him grinning widely as he walks away from the jailhouse he was locked up in.
The caption on Kodak’s post read, “I’m happy to finally be going home to my family and friends. I look forward to clearing my name in the very near future. I want to thank God, my family, my team (Vanessa, Phatboy and James McMillan), Atlantic Records, my lawyers and all of my fans for your continuous love and support. I can’t wait to get back to doing what I love most – working at being the illest rapper alive.”
I'm happy to finally be going home to my family and friends. I look forward to clearing my name in the very near future. I want to thank God, my family, my team (Vanessa, Phatboy and James McMillan), Atlantic Records, my lawyers and all of my fans for your continuous love and support. I can't wait to get back to doing what I love most – working at being the illest rapper alive.
The “No Flockin” rapper is accused of committing sexual battery at a hotel in Florence, South Carolina, according to the Sun-Sentinel. The crime carries a maximum of 30 years in prison.
The night of Feb. 7, 2016, Kodak allegedly engaged in the sexual battery of the victim at a Comfort Suites Hotel in Florence, SC, Major Michael M. Nunn, a spokesman for the Florence County Sheriff’s Office, told the Sun-Sentinel in an email.
Kodak performed at Club Compound a night prior for Francis Marion University’s homecoming.
Drew Brown, promoter and owner of We On Ent., a South Carolina entertainment company, booked Kodak for the show.
“About 1,200 to 1,300 people came out to see him,” Brown said.
Kodak Black’s arrest warrant reveals details of the rape. The warrant states Kodak forced the female victim onto the bed in the room and then onto floor of the room. He then allegedly removed the victim’s underwear and “licked her vagina,” and then “put his penis” into her vagina. The victim said she repeatedly told him to stop, but to no avail. Kodak also allegedly bit her on her neck and right breast.
The victim’s injuries were documented in a sexual assault kit administered by medical personnel.
Kodak’s attorney Gary Kollin believes his client’s case will go in his favor.
“We are firmly convinced that he will be vindicated in that charge and shortly be set free,” Kollin said. “… He’s looking forward to getting to South Carolina so he can go on with his life and career.”
In South Carolina, a criminal sexual conduct charge can occur in a number of ways. A victim can reportedly be forced to have sex through aggravated force, during a kidnapping or while physically helpless due to the influence of a controlled substance.
In August, Kodak escaped numerous charges that carried a maximum 55-year sentence after he was sentenced to house arrest and probation.
He was sentenced to once year of house arrest and five years of probation after he pleaded no contest to numerous charges, including robbery false imprisonment, fleeing a law enforcement officer and possession of a firearm by a delinquent.
The plea deal allowed Kodak to escape being tainted as a convicted felon. He also would’ve been allowed to tour internationally.
Kodak was ordered to community service, anger management and community control supervision.
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