Update (3.22.18, 1:20 p.m.): XXXTentaction’s attorney, David Bogenschutz, shared the following statement with TrackRecord via email. He clarified that XXX’s house arrest sentence began in January, and not in December, immediately after he was charged with 15 new counts of witness tampering. His next court date is set for sometime in May:
Next court date is about 60 days post yesterday. The house arrest condition was to last until 60 days after an evaluation. The evaluation did not complete until January so the time did not start running until then. His finances were being affected by the house arrest imposition, but just as importantly was the fact that his time on H/A before he could apply for release had expired, he has done exceptionally well, he has complied with his conditions to the letter of the previous order, and had shown that it was unnecessary to continue with the condition.
Original Story (3.22.18, 11:41 a.m.) Rapper XXXTentacion (real name Jahseh Onfroy) is more popular than ever, with his new album, ?, heading for No. 1 on the Billboard 200 despite facing a multitude of charges for beating and strangling his pregnant girlfriend and witness tampering. He was released from jail last December and placed on house arrest, but on Wednesday, the judge in XXX’s trial granted his request to be released from house arrest, as TMZ reports.
Onfroy’s legal team filed documents which asked the court to let the rapper tour behind his latest album, because, apparently, he’s “in dire straits financially” (TMZ’s words) and needs the money from playing shows. He’ll have to adhere to the same probation terms as before the most recent charges were leveled in December: submitting his travel itinerary, drug and alcohol tests, and regularly checking in with his probation officer.
His team argues that the rapper desperately needs additional income to “stay afloat,” since touring is the primary source of income in a streaming economy. But XXXTentacion currently falls inside that top 1 percent of artists who can actually amass a fortune from Spotify returns. (Using the estimated figure of $0.00397 per stream, massive recent hit “SAD!” would net $263,793 before label payouts.)
Ultimately, his team sees it as a necessary step toward clearing his name outright from the graphic and well-documented allegations. Attorney David Bogenschutz told TMZ: “Hopefully these are the first steps towards complete freedom.”
We’ve reached out to Bogenschutz for comment and will update this post if we hear back.