Florida rapper Kodak Black is a free man again. Days after landing behind bars prior to his Rolling Loud performance, the Southern hip-hop star appeared in court to plead not guilty in a federal case.
Despite heavy opposition from prosecutors, a Florida judge gave the green light for KB to post over $500,000 for bail.
Rapper Kodak Black pleaded not guilty Wednesday to federal weapons charges that prevented him from performing last weekend at the Rolling Loud hip-hop festival, around which several violent incidents occurred. U.S. Magistrate Judge Edwin Torres also granted the 21-year-old Black release on $550,000 bond with house arrest, although he faces other criminal cases that could keep him locked up. (ABC News)
Black is accused of falsely filling out federal docs to purchase multiple weapons in the Sunshine State.
He received three of those — a 9mm handgun, a .380-caliber handgun and a semiautomatic Mini Draco weapon — one of which was left at the scene of a recent shooting in nearby Pompano Beach, Brown said. The rapper, whose current legal name is Bill Kapri and who was born Dieuson Octave, was arrested before his scheduled festival performance. Authorities are investigating three unrelated shootings in the Miami area with possible connections to Rolling Loud, two of them fatal. No arrests have been made. (Sun-Sentinel)
A few days ago, Black made headlines after getting nabbed by the feds.
Black was arrested by federal agents from the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, U.S. Marshals and Miami-Dade’s Northside gangs unit. The rapper is also facing separate weapons charges in Miami-Dade state criminal court. As a convicted felon, Black is not allowed to own a gun under Florida state law. (Miami Herald)