Federal prosecutors in the Southern District of Florida have filed a two-count indictment alleging the "Zeze" rapper "knowingly made a false or fictitious statement" while attempting to purchase firearms in January and March, TMZ reports. Authorities claim Black was successfully able to acquire a firearm in at least one of those transactions.
According to law enforcement, the Florida native marked "no" on the gun applications when asked if he was under "indictment or information" for a crime. However, in October 2017, the 21-year-old was indicted on charges of first-degree criminal sexual assault charges. His rape trial was set to begin last month but was reportedly postponed at the rapper's request. If convicted, Black faces up to 30 years behind bars.
Black's lawyer, Bradford Cohen, defended his client while speaking to XXL on Monday afternoon.
"When you throw around legal terms like indictment, information, or anything like that where someone's not an attorney, [the federal government is] making the assumption that you know what that means," he stated. Cohen did not confirm whether Black actually filled out the paperwork in question.
"We need to see the evidence in order to fully evaluate the claims made against him," he told TMZ.
His attorney also took issue with a photo of the rapper that was released showing Black (real name Bill K. Kapri) sitting in a police station in handcuffs. "Its amazing that @MiamiDadePD thinks this is appropriate to send a picture of an individual in custody in the police station to a reporter? Disgusting behavior," he tweeted after the photo was uploaded by a local Florida news outlet. Keep reading to see the photo.
Just obtained photo of Bill Kapri, AKA Rapper Kodak Black after he was arrested tonight. Official statement from Marshals: after an extensive investigation conducted by the US Marshals, ATF, and Miami Dade PD North Side Gang Unit, Kapri, was arrested as he arrived... pic.twitter.com/IHVzAoNStI— Brian Entin (@BrianEntin) May 12, 2019