Kodak Black Turns Down 8-Year Plea Deal In Probation Violation & Battery Cases

Dieuson Octave, better known as rapper Kodak Black, turned down an a plea deal Wednesday from the state of eight years in prison for an alleged battery and probation violations.

According to Sun Sentinel:

Kodak has been on probation and house arrest since last August, and he went to jail in February when he was accused of making two unauthorized appearances, at a boxing match — when he walked out with Adrien Broner — and at a Miami strip club.

Kodak admitted to visiting the strip club during his testimony on Friday. The judge forced him to give a definitive answer after he had originally tried to plead the fifth.

That strip club visit has also led to a battery charge against the 19-year-old rapper. Jennifer Cunningham, a bartender at the club, also gave her testimony on Friday, claiming that Kodak approached her belligerently and proceeder to punch and kick her.

In perhaps the most surprising of Friday’s testimonies, Tonya Durham, another bartender from the same club, was brought to the stand, and she refuted Cunningham’s account of being assaulted by Kodak. In fact, she recalled that it was Cunningham who “got up in his face.”

“She said, ‘You probably didn’t see it, but he mushed my face,’” said Durham, recounting a conversation she had with Cunningham the morning after the alleged assault. “I said ‘no, he didn’t.’ None of that happened.” Durham also confirmed that she was not being paid by Kodak or anyone affiliated with the defense for her testimony.

Kodak’s lawyers argued that their client was “working” during his appearances at both the boxing match and the strip club. Defense witnesses said they tried — but ultimately failed — to tell Kodak’s probation officer about both appearances.

The hearing will continue — and possibly end — on Wednesday. Depending on the judge’s decision, Kodak could be released from prison — with ongoing probation — or be kept there for up to 8 years.

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