Kodak Black‘s mother, Marcelene Simmons, has officially hired Benjamin Crump, the civil rights lawyer who represented the families of Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown. The news comes after the rapper spoke about being allegedly mistreated in federal prison.
Speaking to Miami’s WSVN 7News, Crump raised concerns about how the prison administration has been treating his client, saying: “We know something happened in that prison.”
The lawyer claims that Black has been physically and verbally abused, denied visitations, and transferred to a Kentucky facility without notice. The rapper’s mother has also been pretty vocal about her concerns. “I want to make sure they don’t kill my son,” Simmons said. “If they kill my son, if my son dies, I’m going to kill myself too.”
Kodak Black, real name Bill K. Kapri, has recently taken to Instagram to call out the alleged abuse towards him. “Lieutenant F. Arroyo has been very vindictive towards me and I have a strong feeling it has something to do with me being set up, laced, bruised and brutally beaten two weeks before my court date,” Kapri wrote.
The Florida rapper then detailed how the prison administration has allegedly denied him family visits, medical care, and food. He is also claiming that they’re “strategically killing [him] slowly.”
Kapri is currently serving a four-year sentence in federal prison due to weapons charges. In 2017, he was indicted on first-degree criminal sexual misconduct charges, after attacking a teenage girl following a concert in 2016.
Check out Kodak Black’s full statement below.