Gunna has issued a press release about his present incarceration on racketeering fees, stating that he’s “being falsely accused and can by no means cease combating” to clear his title.
After being named in a 28-person grand jury indictment that additionally included Younger Thug earlier this month, the rapper (actual title Sergio Kitchens) was taken into custody on Could 11 and charged with conspiracy to violate the state of Georgia’s RICO Act.
The indictment centres across the YSL document label and collective, allegedly shaped by Thug (actual title Jeffery Lamar Williams) in 2012, which authorities declare is a “legal road gang”. A part of the indictment is predicated round Williams, Kitchens and different YSL associates’ lyrics and social media posts allegedly being “acts in furtherance of the conspiracy”.
Gunna has been denied bond, together with his trial scheduled to start on January 9, 2023. He has pleaded not responsible.
In a brand new assertion shared on Tuesday (June 14) – the identical day as the rapper’s twenty ninth birthday – Gunna mentioned: “As a Black Man in America, it appears as if my artwork is just acceptable once I’m a supply of leisure for the plenty.”
You’ll be able to try the total assertion beneath:
2022 has been among the finest years of my life, regardless of this troublesome state of affairs.
This 12 months I had the entire world pushing P.
Rising up from the place I come from in a marginalized neighborhood, I by no means dreamt my artwork would change my life and the lives of my family members. My whole life, I’ve seen Black Males, Black Girls and Black Youngsters constantly attacked, hated, murdered, berated, belittled, silenced, judged, used and held captive.
I used my artwork type, my reward from God, to alter my circumstance. I labored, I honed my craft, I labored, I empowered Black Girls in my business, I labored, I lived within the recording studio, I labored, I lived on the highway, I labored. I labored day by day to indicate God how grateful I’m for my reward, for my artwork, for my life and to have the ability to present for my family members.
For now, I don’t have my freedom. However I’m harmless. I’m being falsely accused and can by no means cease combating to clear my title!
The image that’s being painted of me is ugly and unfaithful. My followers know I like to have a good time life, I like my household, I like journey, I like music, I like my followers. I’ve all religion that God will grant me justice for the purity in my coronary heart and the innocence of my actions.
As a Black Man in America, it appears as if my artwork is just acceptable once I’m a supply of leisure for the plenty. My artwork just isn’t allowed to face alone as leisure, I’m not allowed that freedom as a Black Man in America. It’s a unhappy actuality that slavery remains to be alive in America at this time and nonetheless affecting my individuals. In 12 states greater than half of the jail inhabitants is Black, a kind of states is Georgia.
Nothing will cease me from chasing my desires, I received’t cease being an excellent particular person, even when some unnamed and unknown accusers need the world to see me as a nasty particular person. After I was free, I attempted to be good and type to the neighborhood round me and, when I’m launched, I’ll do the identical factor over again.
We nonetheless pushing P: Energy, Prayer, Progress, Ardour, Productiveness, Reward, Precision, Peace, Prosperity, Endurance, Satisfaction and Persistence.
In a press release to Rolling Stone, Gunna’s protection legal professionals Donald F. Samuel, John A. Garland and Kristen W. Novay mentioned: “Mr. Sergio Kitchens, often known as Gunna, is harmless. The indictment falsely portrays his music as a part of legal conspiracy.
“Mr. Kitchens, an entertainer and philanthropist, created the primary ever native free in-school grocery and clothes retailer feeding over 400 kids weekly, and nationally sponsored giveaways for victims of disasters and meals shortages.”
They added: “Mr. Kitchens has been an advocate for his neighborhood, and it’s our privilege to advocate for him.”