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TMZ has obtained surveillance footage that shows Ludacris' manager, Chaka Zulu, being jumped by five suspected gang members outside his Buckhead, Atlanta restaurant on June 26.

The footage shows Zulu pulled his gun first and fired at his attackers, including Artez Benton, 23, who died from a gunshot wound to the chest.

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Zulu, 52, turned himself in to the Fulton County Sheriff's Office on Sept. 13. He was charged with murder, simple battery and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.

The footage shows the five suspected gang members arriving in the valet area and make their way inside the restaurant.

That's where the video starts. Zulu gets into a heated argument with Tre'mon Robinson, one of the suspected gang members who was told to leave the restaurant because they didn't have reservations.

During the argument, a man named Corey Crawford (wearing red sneakers) is seen retrieving something out of a vehicle. A source directly connected to the case tells TMZ Zulu's legal team believes Crawford got a gun from the vehicle.

Zulu and Robinson tussled after Robinson chest bumped him. Crawford and Benton rushed over, and Crawford sucker punched Zulu from behind.

Benton is seen punching and stomping Zulu who is on the ground.

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Zulu's female assistant (wearing orange shirt) began punching Benton, but Robinson punched her in the face, knocking her to the ground.

That's when Zulu pulled his gun and fired, hitting Benton once in the chest. Zulu fired a second round which grazed another man in the leg.

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At the same time, Crawford ducked between 2 cars at the left of the frame. He opened fire three times hitting Zulu once in the back.

Zulu stumbled out of the frame and collapsed on the ground.

Crawford and Robinson were not charged with any crimes.

On Monday, Zulu's attorney, Gabe Banks, spoke with Shelley Wynter of WSB Radio's Word On the Street.

Banks told Wynter that Benton and the other gang members "actually attacked Zulu from behind and continued to beat him down, punch and stomp him while he was in a defenseless posture on the ground. That is undisputed."

Banks confirmed that the Atlanta Police Department obtained arrest warrants and charged Zulu. And that Fulton County DA Fani Willis did not charge Zulu with any crimes.

Another insider told Sandrarose.com that Zulu will not take a plea deal from Willis. His case will go to trial.

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Fulton County D.A. Fani Willis announced 26 RICO indictments against gang members who targeted the homes of Atlanta's rich and famous.

Willis held a press conference in Atlanta on Monday, Aug. 29, to announce the arrests of 18 members of the Drug Rixh gang that operated primarily out of DeKalb County, Georgia. She said some gang members are still at large.

The indictments cover 16 major crimes in the Fulton County area, a suburb in Metro Atlanta. The crimes include violent home invasions, shootings, and a kidnapping in affluent Sandy Springs, Ga.
 
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Gang members targeted the homes of celebrities and pro athletes, including pop singer Mariah Carey; Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Calvin Ridley; Atlanta United goalie Brad Guzan; reality TV star Marlo Hampton, and Instagram model Brittni Mealy, who has a child with rapper Future Hendrix.

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Willis described the Drug Rixh gang as a "hybrid gang" that includes members of the Gangster Disciples, the Crips and the Bloods. She said the gang uses "identifiers" like prescription bottles and money symbols that link the hybrid gangs together.

Willis advised Atlanta's high society to stop flaunting their wealth on social media for clicks and views. The D.A. said gang members are monitoring social media pages for easy targets.

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Willis said victim Marlo Hampton gave a guided tour of her Sandy Springs townhouse to the news media. While cameras rolled, she showed where her valuables were kept in a master bedroom closet.

"She then becomes a victim," said Willis. "That's not wise to do... You should be able to show, you've worked hard, you've had some success. People are interested in you. You should be able to show that. But it's not a wise thing to do."

Willis says more RICO indictments will be handed down by the end of the year when she hopes to disband the grand jury.

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A witness in the Young Thug RICO case is being threatened for cooperating with the DA's office, says Fulton County DA Fani Willis.

Young Thug, rapper Gunna, and 26 other YSL associates were arrested in May and are currently in jail awaiting trial on RICO racketeering and gang charges.

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District Attorney Fani Willis and Young Thug's attorney Brian Steel both expressed concern to WSB-TV that the identity of a cooperating witness who is also a YSL affiliate has been exposed on the internet.

Willis and Steel say the witness is being threatened online after someone posted information contained in legal documents called "discovery."

"YSL enthusiasts and/or actual gang members are threatening someone they believe is cooperating with the State," Willis told WSB-TV. "And not only that person, but their very small children."

"This is putting people at risk and it's poisoning the jury pool," Steel told WSB-TV. "Please stop immediately. Whomever is placing items of discovery online is not doing anybody a favor. It is totally inappropriate to try this case in social media. This will be tried fairly and justly in Fulton County Superior Court."

The news comes after rapper Gunna told his fans he will be home soon.

Gunna, 29, took to Instagram on Sunday to celebrate his third studio album DS4Ever going platinum in the US.

Gunna wrote: "thankful to have the highest selling hip hop album this year. Miss you all ; love you and I'll be home soon - Gunna."

A judge twice denied Gunna's bond requests. His attorney has filed a third request for a bond.

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Rapper Young Thug is facing new RICO charges involving a machine gun, drugs and gang activity.

The Fulton County District Attorney's Office filed new charges in Fulton Superior Court on Friday, August 5.

The new indictment charges Young Thug with possessing a Glock handgun equipped with a switch that converts it into a machine gun capable of firing 100 rounds of ammunition in less than 30 seconds.

Young Thug, real name Jeffery Williams, was arrested in May and charged with conspiracy to violate Georgia's Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO).

26 alleged gang members affiliated with Young Thug's Young Slime Life (YSL) street gang were also arrested. Rapper Gunna turned himself in and is facing a single RICO charge.

The co-conspirators were employees of Young Stoner Life Records, Thugga's record label based in Atlanta.

They have all been jailed without bond since their arrests.

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Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis' office told WSB-TV the new indictment includes all 28 defendants and focuses on criminal activities committed by YSL, which was founded by Young Thug and two others.

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Willis called Young Thug's YSL "a hybrid gang that operates here in Atlanta and it's an affiliate of the Bloods gang."

She said the gang was responsible for 80% of the violent crimes and murders in the Atlanta area.

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Lil Baby is looking for "young Black millionaires" to form an investment group in Atlanta.

The rapper is looking for safe investments to park his money, before Fulton County DA Fani Willis comes knocking.

Baby, whose Twitter handle is @lilbaby4PF, tweeted: "I'm looking for the young black millionaires!! We can run the world if we play it right!"

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It doesn't appear that Lil Baby has a background in investment and financing. He doesn't seem to have a investment broker's license.

Lil Baby, 27, dropped out of Atlanta's Booker T. Washington High School in the 9th grade to focus on drug dealing as a long-term career goal.

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The rapper was arrested three times on charges of possession of marijuana with intent to sell, and was sent to prison for 2 years.

At age 19, Lil Baby became the in-house drug dealer at Atlanta-based Quality Control Records, until rap mogul Kevin "Coach K" Lee convinced him that he should change career fields.

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Coach K told Lil Baby he should legitimize his profits by becoming a rapper since he had "the swag, the lingo, [and] respect around the city."

Fellow rappers Young Thug and Gunna took Baby under their wings as mentors and helped him develop his rap style. Thug and Gunna are currently in jail in Atlanta on RICO gang charges.

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Sources say Lil Baby's alleged 4PF (4 pockets full) street gang may be on DA Willis' short list of RICO gang indictments to be announced soon.

There has been a flurry of activity in Atlanta ever since Willis announced her intention to indict two more "high-profile" rappers on RICO charges.

Some rappers, such as Lil Durk, have already packed up and moved far outside of Atlanta's city limits.

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Kim Kardashian has given rapper Gunna renewed hope in his efforts to secure his release from the Fulton County Jail in Atlanta.

According to Billboard, Gunna's attorneys filed a writ of habeas corpus on Tuesday in a last ditch effort to get him out of jail.

Gunna, real name Sergio Kitchens, was twice denied bond at previous hearings.

He was arrested in May, alongside rapper Young Thug and 26 associates, on RICO gang charges. Fulton County DA Fani Willis accused the gang members of committing 80% of murders and violent crimes in Atlanta.

But Gunna's attorneys insist he is not a gang member or a killer.

Reality TV star and aspiring lawyer Kim Kardashian is now calling for Gunna's release on social media.

"#FreeGunna [Free emoji]," she tweeted, while posting a screenshot of her tweet on her Instagram Story.

Kim has advocated for criminal justice reform, and has secured the release of nonviolent drug offenders from prisons.

So far, Kim has had no luck assisting former No Limit rapper C-Murder, who was sentenced to life in prison for the murder of 16-year-old Steve Thomas in 2009.

C-Murder is the boyfriend of Kim's pal, R&B singer Monica.

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Georgia's top prosecutor Fani Willis is set to announce charges against drill rapper Lil Durk soon.

According to MTO News, Durk's legal team is preparing for a possible criminal indictment against their client.

An insider told MTO News, "Durk's lawyers say that Georgia prosecutors have arrested people [associated with Durk's label] OTF and are offering them deals to flip on Durk."

The insider continued, "It's only a matter of time before someone [flips] and accepts a deal to implicate Durk."

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The insider continued: "They're trying to link Durk to a gang. He's not with a gang. OTF is a label not a gang."

That's the same argument Young Thug's attorneys made about his Young Slime Life (YSL) record label and his alleged Young Stoner Life (YSL) gang.

Rappers Young Thug and Gunna are currently being held in jail without bond until their trials in January 2023.

Street sources say Durk is the leader of the Only Trey Folks (OTF) gang, a branch of the Black Disciples gang in Chicago.

Durk, real name Derrick Banks, seems to know his time is running out. He deactivated his Instagram page over the weekend, but he reactivated it on Monday to earn some cash.

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The 29-year-old Chicago native posted a Marc Jacobs campaign photo on IG on Monday before locking his page down again.

The image shows him modeling clothing from Marc Jacobs' Monogram Fall 2021 Collection.

Durk wears the woven Italian denim oversized jeans (retail $495), a white monogram oversized hoodie ($395), and he accessorized with a monogram denim large tote handbag (retail $350).

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Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis has struck fear into the hearts of Atlanta area rappers and their fans.

As you know, Willis locked up rappers Young Thug and Gunna, as well as 26 of their associates on RICO racketeering and gang charges. She blamed the gang for 80% of violent crimes committed in Georgia.

Now Willis tells a Channel 2 Action News reporter to expect two more "high profile" RICO racketeering charges over the next 60 days.

Rap fans in Atlanta were mortified at the news that two more of their faves will soon be locked up with Young Thug and Gunna.

Some fans speculate that the unlucky rappers could be Gucci Mane, Lil Durk, or Lil Baby.

One Twitter user wrote: "I'm praying to god it's not Gucci and baby ... or even f*cking Dirk since he stay out there."

Another person tweeted: "Every rapper in Atlanta ain't getting no sleep for two months."

And a third Twitter person: "Damn she tryna tear Atlanta down."

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Lil Durk, a notorious gangster-turned-rapper from Chicago, is currently awaiting trial on an attempted murder charge in Atlanta.

According to sources, he has since moved again after becoming a target of a home invasion in 2021.

Several masked men broke into his home in Braselton and exchanged gunshots with his girlfriend India. No one was hurt.

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Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis fears for her life after receiving death threats from Young Thug's fans.

Willis indicted Young Thug, Gunna, and 26 others on RICO racketeering violations and gang activity on May 9.

Willis said Young Thug and the members of his Young Slime Life (YSL) gang were responsible for 80% of murders and gun violence across Atlanta.

She told Channel 2 Action News that she increased her security and is taking extra measures to protect her family due to death threats.

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"I'm much more cautious than I've ever been in my life, paying more attention to my surroundings" Willis said. "It's required for me to stay alive."

She said the death threats are coming from fans who are "sympathetic" of the people who were indicted.

"We don't believe that these threats were directed by anyone that is in the YSL indictment," Willis said. "I would say that (threats are from) people that are very sympathetic, maybe admirers of YSL and people who are connected with them in some sense."

One suspect gave instructions on how to locate Willis' Atlanta area home, leading to increased police patrols at her home and license plate readers installed nearby.

Additionally, she is receiving harsh comments from Donald Trump supporters after she announced a special grand jury is investigating whether the former President interfered in the presidential elections in Georgia in 2020.

Willis is taking all threats very seriously. Her extensive security detail is a joint effort between the City of South Fulton, the Atlanta Police Department, the Fulton County Police Department and the Fulton County Sheriff's Office, according to Channel 2 Action News.

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Kevin Liles has launched a petition to stop prosecutor Fani Willis from using rap lyrics in criminal trials.

The Fulton County District Attorney charged rappers Young Thug (left) and Gunna (right) in a sweeping 88-page RICO racketeering indictment.

Willis cited violent lyrics by both rappers in the 55-count indictment.

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Both Young Thug (left) and Gunna (right) are sitting in Atlanta area jails awaiting their trials in January 2023.

Liles, co-founder and CEO of 300 Entertainment, spoke on Young Thug's behalf in a recent bond hearing in Atlanta.

Liles wiped away tears as he told Superior Court Judge Ural D. Glanville that he viewed Young Thug as a son and more than an artist or business partner.

He promised to put up $1 million of his own money to pay off-duty police officers to monitor Young Thug, real name Jeffery Williams, on house arrest.

"I'm kind of emotional because of how good this guy is," Liles said as he wiped away tears. "I'm willing to back him personally and professionally... This whole thing that people are talking about, it's not him. The Jeffery I know, he'll give me the clothes off his back. The Jeffery I know, I can give him my kids and he'll give me his kids."

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Liles (right) with Young Thug (center) and rapper Busta Rhymes (left), told the judge that rap lyrics were on trial.

"Our music, we've been on trial," he said, "and we're constantly on trial about who we are, what we are, and why we're — ain't nobody gave us nothing. So we sit here on trial and we talk about lyrics — lyrics? I don't understand... But I'm gonna be here and I'm gonna keep fighting, because I believe in self-expression and I believe that we should protect Black art."

But, despite Liles' passionate plea, Judge Glanville denied bond for the YSL rapper.

Judge Glanville cited Young Thug's violent rap lyrics in his decision to keep him in jail until his trial next year.

This week, Liles announced that he, along with Atlantic Records' COO Julie Greenwald, have launched a petition to stop the use of rap lyrics in criminal trials.

The petition, which is titled "Rap Music on Trial: Protect Black Art," aims to stop prosecutors from using lyrics as evidence of criminal activity.

"Weaponizing creative expression against artists is obviously wrong. But what gets us so upset is what's happening to Young Thug, Gunna, and YSL is just the most high-profile case," the joint statement read.

Last month the New York State Senate passed the "Rap Music On Trial" bill which prevents song lyrics from being used to convict rappers in criminal cases.

The New York bill was supported by rappers such as Jay Z and Fat Joe who signed their names on a letter endorsing the legislation.

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Young Thug's record label/gang, YSL, is blamed for over 50 murders in the Atlanta area, according to the District Attorney.

Thug, real name Jeffery Williams, and rapper Gunna, born Sergio Kitchens, are among 28 people charged in sweeping RICO violation indictments.

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DA Fani Willis said Young Thug (pictured left with Gunna) is the leader of a violent street gang that committed more than 50 murders and gun violence around Atlanta.

Willis told Channel 2 Action News that the gang committed 50 murders and multiple incidents of gun violence dating back to 2013.

Donovan Thomas was named in the 56-count indictment as a murder victim. Thomas was killed outside a barber shop in Atlanta in 2015. Thug is accused of renting a 2014 Infiniti Q50 sedan from Hertz that was used in the murder.

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"[Thomas' murder is] extremely significant," Willis told WSB-TV. "It occurred back in 2015. And what myself and any law enforcement member can tell you as a result of that the back-and-forth gun violence and murders that have occurred have probably been in excess of 50 since 2015—triggered by that in the back-and-forth between that [YSL] gang and other gangs."

However, Thug's attorney, Brian Steel tells XXL magazine that his client is innocent.

"Mr. Williams has committed no violation of law whatsoever. We will fight this case ethically, legally, and zealously. Mr. Williams will be cleared."

Thug was arrested on May 9 during a raid on his $2.2 million Buckhead mansion. Additional charges were added after investigators found illegal firearms including an assault rifle in the house.

He was transferred from Fulton County to the Cobb County Jail on May 13. He is being held without bond.

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Atlanta District Attorney Fani Willis built her RICO case against rapper Young Thug and his YSL gang members using album lyrics and social media photos.

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Rappers Young Thug, Gunna, and 26 members of the Young Slime Life (YSL) street gang were charged with racketeering and gang activity on May 9.

Atlanta rapper Yak Gotti, who signed with Young Thug's label in 2020, was also indicted. As evidence against Yak Gotti, Fani Willis cited a photo of him standing on rapper YFN Lucci's Mercedes Benz in the parking lot at Lenox Mall in 2020.

Yak Gotti used the image for the cover of his single "In the Coupe."

Also indicted were PeeWee Roscoe, Duke and Thug's brother Unfook. All 28 defendants are sitting in the Fulton County Jail without bond.

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Young Thug is accused of giving orders to kill YFN Lucci who is currently locked up on murder charges. Lucci survived at least one attempt on his life in jail earlier this year.

Willis said YSL and other Atlanta gangs are responsible for 75%-80% of violent crimes in Atlanta.

"I said just a week or two ago, it does not matter what your notoriety is or what your fame is, if you come to Fulton County, Georgia and you commit crimes - and certainly if those crimes are in furtherance of a street gang - then you will become a target and focus of this district attorney's office and we will prosecute you to the fullest extent of the law," Willis said.

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Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis used rapper Young Thug's lyrics against him in a 56-count indictment.

In the 88-page indictment, Willis cited nine of the rapper's songs as evidence against him.

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The lyrics include "I never killed anybody but I got something to do with that body," and "I killed his man in front of his momma."

Young Thug, real name Jeffery Williams, allegedly rented a 2014 Infiniti Q50 sedan from Hertz, which was used in the 2015 murder of Donovan Thomas Jr., the leader of a rival gang.

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Rapper YFN Lucci, one of the people charged with killing Thomas, is a member of Thug's YSL record label/street gang. Lucci (pictured) is currently in Fulton County Jail awaiting trial.

Police allege Young Thug ordered two YSL members to kill Lucci in jail.

TMZ reports Lucci claimed someone stabbed him in jail earlier this year. He wants to be released on bond while he awaits trial. However, a judge denied his request. Lucci has been locked up since 2021.

Thug's attorney maintains his client is a talented rapper whose music is his art. He said YSL is not a street gang.

Thug is being held without bond.
 

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Atlanta rapper Young Thug (pictured) was arrested Monday on charges of violating Georgia's RICO statute and criminal street gang activity.

The 30-year-old rapper, real name Jeffery Lamar Williams, was taken into custody Monday at his Buckhead mansion near Atlanta.

He is charged with conspiracy to violate the Racketeering, Influence and Corrupt Organization Act (RICO). The RICO Act was originally created to bring down the mafia.

Video footage posted to Twitter shows the rapper being taken into custody by Atlanta police.

Young Thug was booked into the Fulton County Jail on Monday evening and is being held without bond.

He is among 28 people named in felony indictments that were unsealed Monday. Thug's associate, rapper Gunna is also under indictment. Gunna is only facing racketeering charges.

Gunna, born Sergio Kitchens, 28, was not in police custody as of Monday night.
 
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Police raided Young Thug's Atlanta mansion, tearing the house apart, knocking holes in walls, and even digging up the backyard, TMZ reports.

Young Thug is accused of renting a car that was used in the 2015 murder of a gang rival.

Also indicted were 26 members of the rapper's Young Slime Life (YSL) record label in Atlanta.

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The feds accuse Thug, Gunna and YSL record label of affiliation with the national Bloods street gang.

The 88 page, 56-count indictment charged the defendants with obtaining money, weapons, and other property through acts of racketeering activity, including robbery, receiving stolen guns, theft, and the unlawful sale and distribution of drugs dating back to 2013.

Young Thug's attorney Brian Steel told Channel 2's Mark Winne he will fight "to my last drop of blood to clear him."

"We expect that in coming days weeks and months that we will bring RICO indictments against gang members even top level gang members to make sure that we rid them from our society," said Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis in an interview with Winne last week.

In March, a gunman shot and killed the mother of Young Thug's 14-year-old son at an Atlanta bowling alley. A suspect was charged in that case.

Thug is expected to make his first court appearance Tuesday morning.
 

 
Correction: An earlier version of this post stated that the defendants were charged under the federal RICO Act. In fact, they are charged under Georgia's RICO law, a felony.

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Atlanta rapper Cash Out was recently indicted on charges of rape, sex trafficking and running a prostitution ring out of an Atlanta home and hotel rooms.

The one-hit wonder, born John-Michael Hakim Gibson, was arrested and booked into the Fulton County Jail without bond.
 
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Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis said Cash Out used his celebrity status to lure women off Instagram and into a life of prostitution.

"The most troubling aspect of this case is that women have been victimized and brutalized within our community by people who had a chance to do something else with their lives," Willis said.

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"He's a very talented musical performer. Unfortunately, he didn't stay in that business, and he branched off to the business that finds him under indictment," Willis said.

Cash Out also faces charges of keeping a place of prostitution at a home on Alfred Avenue NW and beating a woman with a belt.

"He's accused ... of whipping a young lady who's a sex worker, and this was one of the girls that he had recruited," Fulton County deputy district attorney Earnell Winfrey told Channel 2 investigative reporter Mark Winne.

Winfrey said 2 women have been rescued so far.

"We've rescued two so far. Some of these women are our most vulnerable women and he lured them in, let them believe that he cared about them and that he would take care of them, only to flip the script and then began to pimp them out," Winfrey said.

"He's facing a 25-to-life crime," Winfrey said.

Willis warned young women on social media to beware of rappers flashing cash and empty promises.

"We want parents and family members to be aware because one thing that we realize is not just Cash Out, but a lot of people are recruiting young women through social media," Willis said.

Cash Out is best known for his only hit single "Cashin' Out", from his 2012 mixtape It's My Time. The song peaked at number 36 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, number 2 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, and number 1 on the Billboard Rap Songs chart.

In 2019, Cash Out appeared as himself in the movie Uncut Gems starring Adam Sandler and Lakeith Stanfield.