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Prosecutor asks court to revoke rapper’s bond

May 15, 2019

FLORENCE – A motion has been filed to revoke the bond of rapper Kodak Black.

The motion, filed by the office of 12th Circuit Solicitor E.L. “Ed” Clements III, accuses Black of not complying with the conditions of his bond after his arrests on weapons and drug charges.

Black’s $100,000 surety bond was posted on Dec. 1, 2016.

The rapper was arrested at the Canadian border on April 17 by agents from the United States Customs and Border Patrol after marijuana and a gun was found in Black’s vehicle. He was charged with third-degree possession of a weapon and unlawful possession of marijuana. After posting bond in that case, Black was released on April 18.

On May 11, Black was arrested before a concert in Miami on federal and state firearms charges.

Black has used his $600,000 home as collateral to post the $500,000 bond set in that case. He was released after posting bail Wednesday.

Clements said his office had asked the state of Florida to detain Black so he could be returned to Florence for a hearing on the motion.

A date for a hearing on the motion has not yet been set.

Clements added that a judge must set the date after conferring with the attorneys in the case.

The rapper is represented in the South Carolina case by attorneys Beattie Ashmore of Greenville and Robert E. Lee of Marion.

Black, 21, was indicted by a grand jury in Florence in April 2017 on a charge of criminal sexual conduct in the first degree.

The rapper was arrested on a warrant in December 2016 regarding an incident at the Comfort Inn and Suites in February 2016. According to a report of the Florence County Sheriff’s Office, Black became physically aggressive with a female who was in his room at the Comfort Inn and Suites in February 2016. The report says that Black forced himself on the female and had sex with her.

If convicted of the charge, Black faces up to 30 years in prison.

In order to convict the rapper, Clements’ office must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Black engaged in sexual battery with the woman while either using aggravated force to accomplish the battery, that the woman was a victim of a crime like kidnapping or robbery, or that Black caused the woman to become mentally incapacitated by administering her a controlled substance.

Sexual battery is further defined by South Carolina law to mean sexual intercourse, oral intercourse, anal intercourse, or any intrusion, however slight, of any part of a person’s body or of any object into the openings of another person’s body, except for during medically recognized treatment or diagnostic purposes.

South Carolina law defines aggravated force to mean overcoming a victim with physical force.

“Mentally incapacitated” is defined by South Carolina law to mean that a person becomes incapable of controlling his or her conduct.

Black, a Pompano Beach, Fla., native, has recorded two albums: “Painting Pictures” and “Dying to Live.” He is known for his songs “Roll in Peace,” “Tunnel Vision,” and “No Flockin.” He has been arrested four times in Florida. Black earned his GED in June while serving a 364-day sentence in Florida. Black is charged under his birth name of Dieuson Octave. He changed his legal name in 2018 to Bill K. Kapri.