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Motion seeks bond for jailed rapper Young Thug

ATLANTA (AP) – Attorneys for Young Thug, who was arrested this week under an indictment accusing him of co-founding a violent street gang, filed an emergency motion on Friday seeking bond for the Atlanta rapper, calling his confinement “inhumane”.

The performer, whose real name is Jeffery Lamar Williams, was arrested on Monday at his Atlanta home. He’s one of 28 people indicted in Georgia’s Fulton County on racketeering charges. Prosecutors said the gang committed multiple murders and shootings over roughly a decade.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that the bond motion was filed on Friday. In it, Young Thug’s lawyer Brian Steel, said his client has spent the past four days in isolation “as if he is a forgotten person alone in the world”, according to that and other local news outlet reports.

The motion seeks better conditions and contends that overhead light is kept on 24 hours a day, preventing Williams from sleeping, the newspaper reported.

Williams’ attorneys also said he is being served “inedible” food, and hasn’t been given the opportunity to exercise, shower or interact with anyone other than his lawyers.

Williams remains held at the Cobb County jail as he awaits a bond hearing in Fulton County Superior Court.

The Cobb County Sheriff’s Office has said Williams is being held in administrative solitary confinement for his own safety, and that the lights stay on so officers can check in and make sure that he is all right, according to news outlet WSB-TV.

Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis announced the charges on Tuesday. Prosecutors said that in late 2012, Williams and two others founded Young Slime Life, a violent criminal street gang that’s commonly known as YSL and is affiliated with the national Bloods gang.

Atlanta rapper Young Thug is seen on a monitor as he waits during a virtual appearance before a judge. PHOTO: AP
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