An Atlanta Judge did not grant bond for rapper Gunna on Thursday, marking the second time the rapper’s request for release has been denied, according to ABC affiliate WSB. The decision came down during a virtual court appearance in relation to the sweeping gang indictment that named more than 25 people, including fellow Atlanta rapper Young Thug.
On May 23, Gunna, born Sergio Kitchens, was denied bond after prosecutor Don Geary argued that Gunna is one of the main people in the alleged Young Slime Life gang, also the name of the Young Thug-founded record label. The judge denied bond and sided with the prosecution, expressing concern over the safety of witnesses.
Last month, Gunna posted an open letter from behind bars proclaiming his innocence.
“2022 has been one of the best years of my life, despite this difficult situation,” the note starts.
“For now, I don’t have my freedom. But I am innocent. I am being falsely accused and will never stop fighting to clear my name!”
Gunna also seemingly called out the way his music is being used against him in the case, writing, “As a Black Man in America, it seems as though my art is only acceptable when I’m a source of entertainment for the masses. My art is not allowed to stand alone as entertainment, I’m not allowed that freedom as a Black Man in America.”
Gunna has a scheduled trial date for January 9, 2023, and will remain behind bars until then.
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