Young Thug Denied Bond, Judge Cites Potential Danger to the Community and Witnesses

Young Thug Denied Bond, Judge Cites Potential Danger to the Community and Witnesses

The rapper’s hearing stemming from RICO charges lasted over seven hours

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Young Thug, December 2018 (Timothy Norris/Getty Images)

On May 9, Young Thug was arrested on charges of participation in street gang activity and conspiring to violate the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act. Today (June 2), following a seven-plus hour bond hearing in Atlanta, the rapper was denied bond by Judge Ural D. Glanville, as Variety and The New York Times’ Joe Coscarelli report.

Coscarelli, who has been tweeting updates from the hearing, writes that Judge Glanville denied Young Thug bond “citing potential danger to the community/witnesses and less so, flight risk.” Pitchfork has reached out to Young Thug’s representatives for further information and comment.

Variety’s report included a longer statement from Glanville, who reportedly said: “There has been significant proffers about Mr. Williams being a danger to the community. In particular, the state’s proffer that they have taken proffers from other gang members—people who are in this particular indictment and others who are not in this indictment—that he is the leader of the gang, he is dangerous and if he crosses them he’ll kill them or their families.”

Prior to reporting on Judge Glanville’s decision, Coscarelli tweeted images of Young Thug at the hearing. “Around the 7-hour mark of today’s hearing, Young Thug finally speaks,” Coscarelli wrote. Young Thug reportedly asked: “Your honor, may I use the restroom or I need to be here? I’ve been holding it for a long time.”

On May 23, Gunna—who was one of 28 total alleged gang members named in the RICO indictment—was also denied bond after pleading not guilty to conspiracy to violate the RICO Act. His trial is scheduled to begin on Monday, January 9, 2023.

Read “What Young Thug and Gunna’s Indictment Means for Rap Music on Trial.”

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