ATLANTA — Rapper Young Thug is facing new street racing-related charges months after he was arrested for participating in street gang criminal activity.
Channel 2 investigative reporter Mark Winne was at Alison Court where Young Thug was arrested in May.
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The rapper, whose real name is Jeffrey Williams, was one of more than two dozen people arrested on charges related to Young Slime Life, which prosecutors say is a criminal street gang claiming to be linked to the Bloods.
Channel 2 Action News was the first news team to report that the Fulton County Attorney’s Office indicted the rapper along with rapper Gunna on charges of conspiracy to violate the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) and participation in a criminal street gang.
Now prosecutors have confirmed Williams was also charged with street racing, reckless driving and speeding. Winne learned the charges stem from the rapper, who drove a vehicle at 120 miles per hour on Interstate 85 in May. All allegations are administrative offences.
Brian Steel, an attorney for Young Thug, said the rapper is innocent of all the charges he faces.
“Up until two weeks ago, this case was resolved with a seatbelt breach,” Steel said. “Today it will be indicted in Fulton County Superior Court. He is being wronged by our system.”
Steel said Young Thug looks forward to proving his innocence in the trial, which begins January 5, 2023.
Steel also shared a statement from the rapper about the shooting of two boys near Atlantic Station last month. Police said the shooting, which killed 12-year-old Zyion Charles and 15-year-old Cameron Jackson, was gang-related.
“The impact of gun violence on individuals and communities in Atlanta is profound, with many more families mourning the loss of loved ones,” Young Thug said in a statement. “We have to make our community safe. I pledge to use my influence to help stop the violence in Atlanta and around the world.”
Winne pointed out to Steel that some people might be skeptical of the rapper’s testimony given the number of charges against him.
“You should come to the trial,” Steel said. “He has committed no crime. And Mr. Williams will do whatever he needs to do and he has done a lot to try to achieve nonviolence in our community. Mr. Williams is not the leader of any criminal street gang, he is not involved in any type of criminal activity involving any type of violence.”
District Attorney Fani Willis said in a statement:
“I hope that everyone in our community will do what they can to reduce gun violence. We see too many young people being killed, injured or imprisoned because gun crimes have wreaked havoc in Fulton County and across the country. However, everyone in our community will be held accountable for breaking the law, especially when their crimes involve gun violence and gangs.”
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