News: Foxy Brown Correction Officers Resign, Leave Posts After Photo Shoot Controversy
Monday, Oct 19, 2009 11:40AM
Three employees from the New York Department of Correction have reportedly resigned from their posts months after being accused of allowing rapper Foxy Brown to have a photo shoot while incarcerated.
Resignation papers were turned in on Friday (October 16) according to reports.
Besides allowing Foxy Brown to conduct a jailhouse interview, the dismissed guards also allowed Orthodox Jewish prisoners to have parties. Chief of Department Carolyn Thomas and Frank Squillante, assistant chief of special operations, both turned in their resignations effective Oct. 31, sources said. George Okada's resignation as warden of the Manhattan detention complex is effective the middle of next month, sources said. Rapper Foxy Brown, who was serving nine months on Rikers Island for beating two nail salon manicurists in 2006, did a jailhouse interview with a hip-hop magazine. (New York Daily News)
Reports spread online in early summer which said Brown was pampered while in jail.
She spent her time prancing around in Gucci sneakers and a Fendi scarf, and when those got soiled, her jailhouse entourage brought her clean ones. Princess Foxy even got some free press for her new album and guards organized a photo shoot and interview with a magazine that featured Brown in time for the album's release. Some people within the Department of Corrections are furious that guards jumped at the opportunity to be lackeys to Brown behind bars. And they say it's not the first time a star gets an easy time behind bars, courtesy of corrections officers. (NBC Chicago)
However, spokesman Stephen Morello later denied the recent special treatment claims.
Morello said yesterday (June 21) that Brown's 2008 jailhouse interview and photo shoot with a hip-hop magazine, her sporting Gucci sneakers and a Fendi scarf in the prison, and purported extended visits in her cell with a chaplain fell within normal guidelines. "Inmates were entitled to wear their own clothing," he explained. "That's her choice. The interviews were approved by the [Department of Correction's] Department of Media Services. We do it as a matter of routine." He noted that The Post has conducted many interviews in city jails and that Brown's lasted for about one hour, which is standard procedure. (New York Post)
Brown also expressed her discontent with reports claiming she was pampered while incarcerated.
"All I could do was laugh after reading those erroneous *ss allegations!," she wrote. "Once again, Hip-Hop is on blast for some bullsh*t. Denouncing our brand and depicting our culture as having an irreproachable 'sense of entitlement.'...Now a year and a half after I left Rikers Island, it's breaking news whether I got "special treatment" during my incarceration? Boy oh boy, sounds like some disgruntled, hating *ss corrections employee concocted this fabricated story! I NEVER GOT ANY SPECIAL TREATMENT. NO "valet" service, meals from Mr. Chows or C.O gatherings in my cell. Actually, on many occasions I was denied basic privileges and rules were over enforced. The audacity of a newspaper to even print this sh*t!... I just celebrated my 1 YEAR anniversary home from jail and publicly thanked the c.o's and staff who treated me with respect." (Global Grind)
Check out a recent Foxy Brown interview below: