Kodak Black was indicted by a grand jury on charges of first-degree criminal sexual conduct in South Carolina today (Monday, Oct. 9), the Sun-Sentinel reports.
Ed Clements, the 12th Circuit Solicitor in Florence County, SC told the Sun-Sentinel his office is still planning to take the rapper to trial.
“That’s what we’re preparing for,” Clements told the paper by phone, adding a trial date has not been set yet.
The “Painting Pictures” 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, 2015, 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.
Last year, Kodak’s attorney Gary Kollin told the Sun-Sentinel he 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.
Kodak’s attorney, Beattie Ashmore, told the Sun-Sentinel the indictment was not a surprise.
“I am aware of the indictment and it was expected as part of the normal process of the pending case,” Ashmore told the Sun-Sentinel in an email.
In December 2016, Project baby was released from jail in South Carolina after posting $100,000 bond for the pending case.
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.