Ja Rule Reprimanded For Conducting Phone Interview In Jail

By Rob Markman

Ja Rule is currently behind bars, but the rapper decided to celebrate his birthday last week (February 29) by phoning into Renada Romain's Ear Candy Morningsshow on Sirius XM's Hip Hop Nation. Ja chatted about his legal troubles and his latest album Pain is Love 2 but this week he was slapped with a disciplinary hearing for conducting the phone interview without permission.

A representative from New York State's Department of Corrections and Community Supervision told MTV News that Rule, who is serving a two-year sentence at Mid-State Correctional Facility for tax evasion and gun possession, had a disciplinary hearing Tuesday and it was determined that the rapper made an unauthorized phone call. His punishment: a seven-day work detail.

Rule's publicist Melanie Bonvicino maintains that Rule has been a model prisoner. He has recently obtained his GED and started taking college courses two weeks ago. Bonvicino believes that it was another interview with the New York Daily News, in which Ja dished on his relationship with former New York State Comptroller Alan Hevesi and former Tyco CEO Dennis Kozlowski, that angered prison officials at Mid-State.

"That sort of created this issue with the powers that be at the facility because after that, they refused all interviews for him," she told MTV News.

Bonvicino was concerned whether the infraction would have any bearing on the "Put It on Me" rapper's expected February 2013 release date; as of now, that doesn't appear to be the case. Still, team Rule insists that they aren't making any changes to how they handle Ja and the media. "There will be no changes at this time, we had a record coming out, and Ja Rule obviously is really all about his fans and as such it was his birthday and we had a record to promote, so this is his usual here," she said.