Just over a week ago, Young Thug, Gunna, and other members of Young Stoner Life were indicted and arrested after being hit with RICO charges. Currently awaiting trial, Thugger’s legal team has since claimed the rapper is being held in “torturous” conditions in jail.
Speaking with WSB-TV, the Cobb County Sheriff’s Department responded to the accusations, and even let a reporter from the news station inside to see the rapper’s holding cell. Thug was denied bail, and his attorneys are arguing he’s being held in a cell similar to a “dungeon” with no windows, and being unable to work out, bathe or access any sort of media.
“This is a jail, it is a detention center,” the official said, according to the news station. “It’s not the Ritz Carlton, so you have to recognize that.”
Another prison official says the Atlanta rapper is being held in solitary confinement for his own well-being because of his celebrity status.
“The purpose of today is to let the community know that we’re not doing anything that we don’t want them to see,” Col. Temetris Atkins said. “We run an above-board jail and we want anybody and everybody to know that.”
Young Thug was named in a gang indictment after being arrested on May 9 at his Atlanta residence.
According to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, prosecutors say that the indictment is centered around Young Stoner Life, which prosecutors believe to be a criminal street gang co-founded by the Grammy Award-winning artist. Young Stoner Life is also the name of the rapper’s YSL record label.
In 2012, the organization first came on the scene in the Cleveland Avenue area, according to the indictment, and allegedly has an affiliation with the national Bloods street gang.
Born Jeffery Lamar Williams, the artist was charged with conspiracy to violate the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act and participation in street gang activity. According to jail records, the 30-year-old was booked into the Fulton County Jail.