Foxy Brown was ordered to prison Wednesday morning (August 22) by Manhattan Criminal Court Judge Melissa Jackson for violating the terms of her probation agreement. According to New York City Probation spokesman Jack Ryan, Brown will be jailed until her next scheduled hearing, which is set for September 7 in New York.
A representative from the New York Department of Corrections confirmed to MTV News that Brown will be held in the all-women Rose M. Singer Center at Rikers Island prison. The rapper was escorted directly from court to the facility and arrived at approximately 2 p.m. on Wednesday.
The violation stems from two separate incidents, Ryan confirmed: Brown’s recent arrest for allegedly assaulting her neighbor with a BlackBerry cell phone and for leaving the jurisdiction of New York without court permission. Ryan did not supply or confirm further details regarding the latter violation. Brown was originally placed on three years’ probation after a dispute with two nail salon employees in New York in August 2004.
In recent months Brown (real name: Inga Marchand) has made headlines with her legal difficulties, including an arrest for assault and disturbing the peace in Florida and allegedly being assaulted herself in Brooklyn, New York (see “Was Foxy Brown Robbed Or Not?” ). And just last week the rapper was cited for seven driving violations after police pulled her over for illegally talking on a cell phone and failing to come to a complete stop at a stop sign.
The routine traffic stop snowballed after Brown supplied police with a false name and other false information. Police then discovered the rapper was driving with a suspended registration and driver’s license.
Brown’s manager, Chaz Williams of Black Hand Entertainment, had no comment when reached by MTV News.
Calls placed to the rapper’s lawyer, New York State Senator Jack Sampson, had not been returned at press time, although he reportedly told the New York Post that he believes Brown will be acquitted in the Florida and Brooklyn incidents, and that she should not be jailed.
“You have to let the criminal prosecution in Brooklyn and Florida run their course,” he told the paper. “These are just allegations.”