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An aspiring rapper and two others have been charged in the "violent and horrific" kidnapping of a South Florida couple.

Rapper Spanish Zanotti, 26 (left), Dionte Alexander-Wilcox, and Antonio James are accused of kidnapping a Miramar couple on Oct. 11 and holding them at gunpoint for almost 24 hours, the South Florida SunSentinel reports.

Zanotti, real name Kejuan Brandon, can go free if he pays $250,000 bond, a federal magistrate ruled on Monday.

But his accomplice, Alexander-Wilcox, was ordered to remain in jail pending trial. A third suspect, James, is scheduled for a detention hearing next week.

Police said the three suspects forced their way into the couple's home and accused the couple's nephew of stealing $20,000 from them. They ordered the couple to pay their nephew's debt in cash.

"This wasn't a couple of hours or a couple minutes," said U.S. State's Attorney Jay Alexander. "This was for a full day. They stayed overnight, ate food, drank their liquor."

A video posted on Zanotti's Instagram page shows him being taken into custody by a violent offender squad on December 18.

Someone captioned the video:

"They took our boy today. We were able to speak to splash and he's staying positive and in good spirits. He wants to let everyone of his fans know that he loves y’all and that we gon get through this together. He wants y’all to post anything positive you can about him right now. They’re trying to paint him for something he’s not and we need to show the world the true light that he is. Free Splash Zanotti #freesplash.

 

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Ghislaine Maxwell pleaded not guilty to charges of child sex trafficking during a bail hearing on Tuesday. She appeared in a Manhattan courtroom via CCTV video from jail.

Manhattan federal judge Alison Nathan said Maxwell is a "substantial risk of flight." The judge added "the risks are simply too great" to release Maxwell on house arrest with an ankle monitor.

Judge Nathan said Maxwell could simply remove the ankle monitor and flee the country back to Europe.

The judge noted Maxwell has access to $20 million in foreign bank accounts that she has not accounted for.

Maxwell was ordered to be detained without bond pending trial on July 12, 2021.

The 58-year-old British socialite was arrested on July 2 at her million-dollar hideaway in New Hampshire.

Maxwell was Jeffrey Epstein’s alleged madam who procured young girls for parties at Epstein's home and on his private island.

The convicted pedophile committed suicide in a Manhattan jail cell last year.

Maxwell is under heavy guard and on suicide watch at a Brooklyn lockup.

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Harvey Weinstein was dragged into Manhattan Supreme Court today to face a judge after he allegedly violated the terms of his release.

Weinstein, 67, is accused of tampering with his ankle monitor. Prosecutors asked a judge to raise Weinstein's bond from $1 million to $5 million.

Weinstein wore a grey men's tailed suit for his court appearance on Friday. He looked pale and weak and required assistance to walk in and out of the courtroom.

The disgraced Hollywood producer is accused of sexually harassing, assaulting, or raping dozens of women. He is currently out of jail on bond.

Assistant DA Joan Illuzzi-Orbon told the judge a monitoring service was unable to track Weinstein 56 times, including during an outing in October when he was spotted in a nightclub.

"The bottom line, judge, is this man could fly out on a private jet which he does and go to another country," she said.

In addition to asking the judge to raise Weinstein's bond, she also asked for an additional $10 million insurance company bond or $50 million security bond. She said he sold $60 million in property in the last two years, flies on private jets and is a serious flight risk, according to Fox News.

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Jussie Smollett will soon be a free man. A Cook County (Chicago) judge set the actor's bond at $100,000 at a bond hearing on Thursday. The Empire star was arrested early Thursday and charged with disorderly conduct for filing a false police report, a Class 4 felony in Illinois.

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