Florida rapper XXXTentacion is potentially facing decades in prison, with eight new counts of witness tampering being levelled at him (per TMZ), in addition to the initial charges of aggravated battery and false imprisonment.
Although he is currently awaiting a full trial, earlier this year, Pitchfork obtained a full, horrifying transcript of the witness from the reported victim of the 19-year-old rapper- whose real name Jahseh Onfroy.
A long and consistent series of abuses came to a head in the deposition, where the victim found out she was pregnant by the rapper. Paranoid that it wasn’t his, Onfroy allegedly threatened to kill her and the baby before “elbowing, head-butting, and punching her”.
After that, the transcript shows, Onfroy confiscated her phone so she couldn’t call the police. The phone wasn’t returned until October 8- the day the rapper was arrested back in 2016. The victim escaped XXXTentacion’s apartment and was driven to the Miami Beach police department by an ex-boyfriend’s mother.
BREAKING: Judge has revoked xxxtentacion’s bond & has sent him back to jail. The rapper is facing 7 new felony charges. pic.twitter.com/yj3ryjDtoI
— Hot Freestyle (@HotFreestyle) December 15, 2017
Earlier this month, Onfroy filed a document, supposedly from this ex-girlfriend, suggesting that she no longer wanted him to be prosecuted for his crimes. However, prosecutors currently working on the case seem to have seen through this, and believe that the rapper is illegally coercing his ex-girlfriend into signing this document, and as a result XXXTentacion has now been jailed without bail for the time being.
With the rapper now imprisoned, he is now being charged with a full seven additional felonies, which include varying degrees of both witness tampering and witness harassment. If found guilty for all these charges, the 19-year-old could face decades behind bars.