Why was Kodak Black NOT sent to prison for sexual assault? Rapper escapes after allegedly biting teen's breast
Kodak Black has entered a guilty plea in a court case that accused him of assaulting a high school student in 2016 in a South Carolina hotel room. In 2017, the rapper, whose legal name is Bill Kapri, was charged with first-degree sexual assault, but as part of a plea bargain by his attorneys, Bradford Cohen and Beattie Ashmore, he agreed to plead guilty to lesser charges.
Kodak got a suspended 10-year sentence and will serve 18 months of probation, according to reports. Ed Clements, the Florence County Solicitor for the 12th Circuit, said Kodak admitted to biting the girl, but he apologized to her on the record.
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BREAKING! #kodakblack just plead guilty to assault and battery 1st degree from his r*pe charge in 2016, he admitted to claims of bitting, and beating the victim after she didn’t have romantic intentions 🙏🏾 Pray For Kodak #StreetJuiceTv pic.twitter.com/Kz6fpMlWrJ— protect streetjuicetv (@PStreetjuicetv) April 28, 2021
As the victim watched the plea online, Black spoke to her, saying: “I apologize this happened, and I’m hopeful we can all move forward,” according to Coast Reporter. Black later said on Twitter that the victim just wanted the case to be over with and added "I ain't have to come off no money."
The victim agreed to the terms of the plea agreement, according to 12th Circuit Solicitor Ed Clements of Florence County, South Carolina, where the case originated, Pitchfork reported. The news outlet said that the agreement also required Kodak to accept full responsibility for the incident and publicly apologize to the victim, which he did in court. Therapy was also suggested.
5 yrs later ... both us just wanted to get this shit over wit AND I ain’t have to come off no money 🤷🏻 https://t.co/1JK7x3br6K— Kodak Black (@KodakBlack1k) April 28, 2021
The rapper was initially charged with first-degree criminal sexual conduct, but according to his lawyers, Cohen and Ashmore, Kodak pleaded guilty to a lesser charge to put the case behind him, reported TMZ.
In February 2016, Kodak was charged with sexually assaulting a teenage girl at a hotel while he was in Florence for a performance. He allegedly forced the girl against a wall and on a bed before raping her and biting her breast and throat, according to prosecutors. The accusations were refuted by Kodak, the report stated.
"We're told Kodak was given a 10-year suspended prison sentence and placed on 18 months of supervised state probation," said Clements. "While on probation, he will not wear an ankle monitor, but must let his probation officer know where he goes and where he lives," he added. "We're also told Kodak will not be allowed to use drugs, drink alcohol or have guns and if he successfully completes the 18-month probation... he won't spend a day in prison for the case."