Florida rapper YNW Melly will remain behind bars. After filing an emergency motion to be released for medical care, a judge shot down his request to be let out and further treated – at his own expenses, too – while awaiting trial.
According to new reports, the motion from Melly’s lawyer Bradford Cohen did not receive the green light. It was filed after his camp claimed the hip-hop rising star was suffering immensely and possibly at risk of getting infected by coronavirus.
In his order, the judge says if Melly needs special medical treatment while in jail, he can request it from the Broward Sheriff’s Office. This should come as good news for the families of Melly’s alleged victims, who opposed the rapper’s release request … stating he didn’t deserve it and could potentially be a threat to them and other witnesses. Cohen says Melly weighs 114 pounds and has NOT been monitored by medical personnel every hour like they’re supposed to. And, there’s this … Cohen claims Melly’s been holed up in a cell with another inmate who also has COVID-19 … and there’s fear “if the virus can be mutated or passed reoccurring between individuals.” (TMZ)
Earlier in the month, it was announced he tested positive for COVID-19. It was then that his legal team filed the release motion, citing a lack of preparedness in the Broward County Jail as a reason.
“Melly has tested positive for COVID-19 today while awaiting his trial in Broward County Jail. He’ll be filing a motion for restricted release in hopes of better care due to any jails not being prepared to treat this new virus. He hopes for your support and to recover soon #prayformelly send positive energy to him please”
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There was one other prisoner who also tested positive.
Before You Go
Texas rap veteran Slim Thug recently shook up the music biz. Like YNW Melly, in late March, Thugga revealed his own battle with coronavirus.
“So check this out. No games being played, alright. The other day I tested for coronavirus and it came back positive. As careful as I’ve been quarantined and staying home, I might have went have gotten something to eat or something like that, nothing crazy, stayed in my truck, had masks, gloves, everything on, and my test came back positive. Y’all gotta take this stuff seriously, stay home, self-quarantine. Do not come outside for however long they’re saying. If you have symptoms you need to get checked out or whatever. I’m good, I feel good, I don’t have any problems right now. The other day I had a slight fever and a cough. I feel better now, I don’t have no fever or anything like that. I feel good, but you better take it seriously, for real, it’s coronavirus.”