After his arrest in May, rapper Sergio Giavanni Kitchens, popularly known as Gunna, is trying to secure his release from jail through a last-ditch petition effort. Now, Kim Kardashian is the latest celebrity addition to the list of supporters calling for his release.
Gunna turned himself in on May 11, 2022, after an indictment of 28 people potentially involved in violating the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO). He turned himself into the Fulton County Jail and has been there for almost two months. On June 14, as he celebrated his 29th birthday in prison, his lawyers called him “innocent” and stated that the rejection of the rapper’s petition for bail was a blatant “attack on black art”. Kim Kardashian also tweeted in the rapper’s support recently.
On July 20, Kardashian took to Twitter to back the rapper’s efforts with a tweet stating, “#FreeGunna” as well as the emojis “Free” and “P,” in reference to the artist’s song ‘pushin P’.
Gunna and his lawyers will now be knocking at the doors of the neighboring Henry County court, where Gunna’s prison is located. If Gunna’s petition fails, he may have to remain behind bars until January 2023, when his case is scheduled to go to trial. The rapper and Young Thug are among the 28 people indicted for violating the act.
Ever since Kim got her law degree through an apprenticeship in 2019, she has been a vocal activist for prison reform and has helped many people in post-prison rehabilitation.
Her followers showed mixed reactions to her latest tweet. Some fans assumed her phone either “got hacked”, or it was Pete Davidson who made the tweet. One user asked her, “What about king slime ma’am?,” referring to Young Thug and all other members of the YSL (Young Stoner Life Records), of which Young Thug and Gunna were a part. Gunna supporters agreed that he is “being held for nothing” and that Kim’s tweet was a “rare W”.
Meanwhile, Gunna’s lawyers have called their client an innocent philanthropist who has never committed any “major felonies”, with an almost-clean record barring a few traffic violations. “Mr Kitchens, an entertainer, and a philanthropist created the first ever local free in-school grocery and clothing store feeding over 400 children weekly, and nationally sponsored giveaways for victims of disasters and food shortages,” his attorneys said in their statement.
Right after Gunna turned himself in, Young was charged with possession of “marijuana with the intent of distributing it, possession of a schedule III, IV, or V controlled substance with intent to distribute, possession of a sawed-off shotgun, sawed-off rifle, machine gun, dangerous weapon, or silencer, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, and three counts of participating in criminal gang activity through the commission of a crime.”
The police said that Young Thug was involved in violating the RICO Act in 2013 and criminal street gang activity in 2018, which also led to the murder of a rival gang member. However, Gunna has called his arrest unwarranted and noted, “In 12 states, more than half of the prisoners are black.” Previously artists like Post Malone and Chris Brown also signed Thug’s ‘Protect Black Art’ initiative citing Black artists often do not have the privilege of lyrical freedom.
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