UNITED STATES: American Rapper Willie Maxwell, also known as ‘Fetty Wap’, was jailed on Monday after prosecutors claimed he threatened to kill a man while on a FaceTime call last year.
His threat violates the terms and conditions of his pretrial release in a previous federal drug conspiracy case.
Fetty Wap became prominent in the music industry a year after releasing his debut single, “Trap Queen.” This single reached number two on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 in May of 2015. The hit also gave him two Grammy Award nominations in 2016.
Wap stated on the call, “Imma kill you and everybody you with,” and he allegedly also flashed a gun during the video call which happened on December 11, approximately two months after his arrest in the drug case.
Maxwell pleaded not guilty to the drug charges and was released after posting a $500,000 bond, secured by a property he owns in Georgia, and upon agreeing to certain conditions, including that he would not violate any federal, state, or local laws while on release and that he would not possess a gun or other weapon.
The U.S. Magistrate, Judge Steven Locke, acted on a request from the prosecutors; he revoked the rapper’s bond and sent him to jail following the hearing on Monday in the federal court on Long Island.
During the call, Maxwell repeatedly threatened, “I’m gonna kill you,” and was seen holding a gun and pointing it at the screen, according to an FBI affidavit filed on the court docket.
After the man on the other end of the call called Maxwell a rat, Maxwell responded by saying, “Your man is a rat,” according to the affidavit.
Prosecutors, however, did not identify the person the rapper was accused of threatening, referring to the man in court papers as John Doe.