For all of Foxy Brown’s missed court dates, probation violations and altercations over the past three years, the judge hearing her case, Melissa C. Jackson, provided the troubled rapper with a reasonably long leash. It was only after repeated warnings that Jackson sentenced the Brooklyn artist to a year in prison.
The staff at the Rose M. Singer facility, however — where Brown has been jailed since August 22 before her sentencing— don’t seem to be as patient.
The rapper’s manager, Chaz Williams of Blackhand Entertainment, confirmed to MTV News that Foxy has been ordered into solitary confinement, although he did not confirm some details that the New York Post reported on Wednesday (October 23).
The paper said Foxy is set to remain in solitary for 76 days due to three separate infractions that occurred over the past 30 days, according to a source.
The first of the three incidents that Brown is being disciplined for occurred October 3, according to the Post, when the rapper and another female inmate got into a scuffle that had to be broken up by prison officials.
The next day, Brown was accused of verbally assaulting officials and refusing to take a mandatory drug test.
(The infractions do not include her recent late arrival to a court date in Brooklyn. She allegedly refused to leave her cell until she’d changed into a different outfit and applied makeup, leading her to miss a bus scheduled to transport her to the courthouse. She then refused to leave the facility without eating lunch first.)
The Department of Correction reviewed matters and placed the rapper in “punitive segregation.” She is only permitted to leave for one hour each day to see visitors, meet with her attorney or partake in a limited number of recreation options. The other inmate involved in the fight was given 11 days of solitary confinement.
A call placed to the Department of Correction by MTV News did not confirm whether Foxy (real name: Inga Marchand) was placed in solitary confinement. Her lawyer, New York State Senator Jack Sampson, was unavailable at press time, according to a representative at his office.
“She definitely is in solitary confinement for some infractions that were written up against her,” Williams said. “Unfortunately for her, [the Post wasn’t] accurate with some of the details, and some of the stuff that they are saying is really a result of her hearing problem. Some of the details in the Post aren’t as accurate, but she is in solitary confinement and she’s faced with some disciplinary time to serve.”
Williams said he believes that officials at the Singer facility aren’t following proper procedure in regard to her health, specifically her weak hearing condition. He said he believes Foxy should still be in the general population at the prison rather than in solitary confinement.
Brown has had her share of headline-grabbing incidents over the past three years, beginning with an altercation in New York with two nail-salon employees in August 2004. The rapper eventually pleaded guilty to assault charges and was placed on probation. Since then, a number of violations, from assaulting another woman with a BlackBerry cell phone to leaving the jurisdiction of New York without permission, led to her incarceration.
In December 2005, Foxy claimed she had been diagnosed with sudden hearing loss. The rare condition threatened to end her career, but a series of treatments improved her condition enough to resume recording material and appearing at Jay-Z’s Reasonable Doubt anniversary concert (see “Foxy Brown Returns: Deafness Cured, She’s Back To Work” ).
The longtime Def Jam artist recently left the label to sign with indie powerhouse Koch Records and is scheduled to release an album of new material (recorded prior to her confinement) titled Brooklyn’s Don Diva through her Black Rose Entertainment company. The album is scheduled to drop November 20.