Good news for Foxy Brown at last? According to TMZ.com, the imprisoned rapper has been moved out of punitive segregation for "good behavior." The MC (real name: Inga Marchand) had been ordered to spend 76 days in the solitary-confinement unit but only served 40 there, the site reports. TMZ.com also says she did not receive special treatment because of the holidays or her celebrity status. She is being held at the Rose M. Singer Center for women on New York's Rikers Island.
The troubled rapper, who has been in jail since August 22 for violating her probation multiple times, was placed in solitary confinement late last month after being disciplined for a scuffle, verbal assault toward prison officials and her refusal to take a drug test.
The three separate infractions had occurred over the course of a 30-day period beginning October 3. In the first, the rapper and another female inmate got into a scuffle that had to be broken up by prison officials, according to the New York Post. The next day, Brown was accused of verbally assaulting officials and refusing to take a mandatory drug test.
In punitive segregation, she was 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.
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.
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.