Update (12.20, 3:45 p.m.): XXXTentacion will be released from jail and begins house arrest today, his attorney, David Bogenschutz, confirmed to TMZ. He’ll serve a 60-day period of house arrest, before his legal team will apparently try to get him released on bond and prep for the case. Onfroy’s set to have some leeway, with the judge allowing him to “fulfill his contractual obligations while on house arrest,” which includes making trips to a local recording studio. However, he’s barred from contacting witnesses or victims relevant to the case.
Update (12.18, 3:10 p.m.): XXXTentacion’s felony count has grown—prosecutors added eight additional charges against the rapper related to witness tampering, as TMZ reports. According to TMZ, the prosecution believes that witness tampering occurred in October 2016, when he was arrested for domestic violence.
Original Story (12.15, 2:05 p.m.): XXXTentacion, born Jahseh Onfroy, faces seven new charges in his disturbing legal battle. In addition to his previous charges of aggravated battery of a pregnant woman, domestic battery by strangulation, false imprisonment, and witness-tampering, he now has been charged with seven new felony charges of harassing a witness or victim in a separate case, as Pitchfork confirmed via court documents. He surrendered himself to authorities this morning in a Miami courtroom, and is currently being jailed on the charges—which include four first-degree felonies and three second-degree felonies.
The prosecution recently revealed that it intended to split the case against Onfroy in two, to isolate his domestic violence charges and his witness-tampering charges, which potentially carry a more severe legal penalty. His next scheduled court hearing is set for January 24.
Despite the numerous horrifying reports, the RapCaviar fixture has remained active in the industry this fall. He attended the BET Hip-Hop Awards in October, suggested that he was leaving Capitol Records later that month before his representative confirmed that he was still signed to the deal, had the audacity to announce plans to host an anti-rape event, and released A Ghetto Christmas Carol! EP last week. Should Onfroy be convicted on any of the numerous charges—especially for witness tampering—he could face decades in prison.