Young Thug, who was arrested earlier this week after being named in a sweeping gang indictment along nearly 30 others affiliated with his Young Slime Life (YSL) syndicate, is being held in “dungeon-like conditions,” according to the Atlanta rapper’s lawyer, Rolling Stone reports.
In a new emergency motion filed Friday obtained by the publication, lawyer Brian Steel said his client has been placed in “solitary confinement” in a Georgia jail in a “windowless cement compartment with only a bed and a toilet and an overhead light which remains on 24 hours per day.” He noted that the conditions violates the rapper’s constitutional rights to be protected from cruel and unusual punishment.
Steel claimed that Young Thug, born Jeffrey Williams, can’t sleep, rest, or meditate due to the environment and has “no opportunity to exercise, shower or have human contact.”
“Mr. Williams, an innocent man, who is wholly isolated from the world, must obtain immediate relief,” Steel said in the motion, according to Rolling Stone.
Williams, 30, was arrested Monday on charges accusing the rapper of participating in gang activity and conspiring to violate the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO). Prosecutors allege the rapper uses his YSL collective to operate as a criminal street gang that has committed a range of crimes ranging from carjacking, armed robbery to assault with a deadly weapon, and murder.
If convicted of a RICO charge, Williams could face up to 20 years in prison and a fine of $250,000.
Authorities also arrested Williams’ frequent collaborator, Gunna, under suspicion of theft by receiving stolen property, possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute and participation in criminal street gang activity, WBS-TV reports.
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