Rick Ross has been released from jail one week after being arrested for kidnapping and aggravated assault. The rapper was initially being held without bail in a Fayette County jail until his court appearance, scheduled for July 1. It appears the judge has had a change of heart.
According to TMZ, Ross’ lawyer appeared alongside him in court early July 1 to argue that his client should be granted the option to pay his way out of jail. He also assured the judge that, should he be released, Ross would not intimidate any witnesses in the case. He promised that the Maybach Music Group founder would hand over his 109-room mansion, purchased for $5.8 million in February 2014, if it was found that he had. The judge agreed, setting the “War Ready” rapper’s bail at a hefty $2 million.
Ross borrowed $1 million in equity from his massive estate, $500,000 from a bail bondsman and handed over $500,000 of his own money. After the debt was paid he was released from police custody, but he’s not off the hook just yet. The 39-year-old will be wearing a GPS ankle monitoring device for an undisclosed amount of time. Both the kidnapping and aggravated assault charges still stand.
Ross is accused of having had an altercation with a grounds keeper, which turned violent. According to reports the rapper confronted the maintenance worker, who lives on the property, about guests he’d invited over the night before. Ross is said to have dragged the man into him home where he locked him in a spare bedroom and assaulted him. According to the Associated Press, he is accused of pistol whipping the grounds keeper, causing severe injury to both his neck and jaw and chipping two teeth.
Ross has not yet broken his social media silence following his release. It has not been announced when he will stand before the judge again to learn his fate.