Rapper Kodak Black is accused of sexual assault in South Carolina after being held in prison in Florida.
According to Sun Sentinel reporter Brett Clarkson, the 19-year-old rapper will face charges for sexual battery stemming from an incident at a hotel in Florence, South Carolina in May. The news comes a week after Black was sentenced to a year of house arrest in Florida for multiple criminal charges, but held in jail when it was discovered he had two outstanding arrest warrants in his name.
Kodak Black, whose real name is Dieuson Octave, is a young rapper who has received considerable hype and critical acclaim. He is the son of Haitian immigrants and grew up in Pompano Beach, Florida. Black rose through the ranks of the local rap scene, developing a significant internet following, but shot to fame after a video surfaced of superstar rapper Drake dancing along with Kodak Black's 2015 single "SKRT." He know has over 300,000 subscribers on his YouTube page with millions of hits on some videos. Soon after Drake put the rapper on the map, Black was signed by mega-label Atlantic Records.
However, Black has had his share of legal problems. He was in and out of detention centers growing up and charged with robbery, battery, false imprisonment of a child, and marijuana possession in 2015. In April, Black was arrested in Hallandale Beach, Florida and charged with possession of a weapon by a convicted felon, possession of marijuana, and fleeing from officers. Then in May, Black was arrested again, this time in Broward County, Florida, and charged with armed robbery and false imprisonment.
Earlier this month, Black appeared in court to face the most recent charges and pled guilty. Several executives from Atlantic Records attended his sentencing in Fort Lauderdale last week where a judge ordered him to serve a year of house arrest and five years of probation.
However, according to the Sun Sentinel, as Black was set to be released from Broward Main Jail hours after the hearing, police discovered two outstanding arrest warrants in his name. One was the South Carolina sexual battery charges, while the other pertained to marijuana possession in St. Lucie County, Florida. The judge ordered Black to be remain in prison without bond until those counties decide if they wish to proceed with legal recourse. It appears that Black will have to answer for the South Carolina charges.