Young Thug YSL Rico Case Witness Arrested On Stand

ATLANTA, GEORGIA – NOVEMBER 17: Rapper Young Thug performs at halftime during the Boston Celtics v Atlanta Hawks game at State Farm Arena on November 17, 2021 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images)

Young Thug‘s explosive RICO case has taken another turn. Rapper Lil Woody (real name Kenneth Copeland), was arrested on the witness stand for refusing to testify. Copeland’s attorney, John Melnick had indicated to the court that he wanted to invoke his Fifth Amendment rights. However, Superior Court Judge Ural Glanville had other plans for the rapper. Glanville informed Copeland that if he didn’t testify, he ran the risk of being in contempt of court. “What he has told me is that he repeatedly told the DA’s office that he did not wish to cooperate,” Melnick said in a statement.

Copeland had initially been granted immunity for his testimony. However, after refusing to speak on the stand he was arrested. “You are required to testify, so if you don’t testify the state is probably going to ask me to jail you and I’m probably going to do that,” Glanville said before Copeland’s arrest. Copeland’s response to the decision was short and simple: “I’m grown,” he said. “I’m an adult.”

ATLANTA, GEORGIA – OCTOBER 01: Young Thug attends the 2021 BET Hip Hop Awards at Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center on October 01, 2021 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Derek White/WireImage)

“He repeatedly told the DA’s office that he did not wish to cooperate,” Copeland’s attorney said.

Born in Atlanta, Copeland is a local musician who is believed to be the informant of Young Thug’s alleged criminal activity. Back in May 2022, Thug along with over 30 co-defendants, including Gunna were arrested on several charges: conspiracy to violate RICO, participation in criminal street gang activity, violation of the Georgia Controlled Substances Act, and possession of a machine gun.

In other news, Young Thug recently chimed in on the beef between Drake and Kendrick Lamar. In an interview with Billboard, Thug’s GF Mariah The Scientist revealed he found the rapper’s ongoing rift interesting. “We were listening to some of the songs. Not all of them, because now I’ve gotten lost. In the beginning, I was like, ‘Hey, there’s a tizzy going on.’ I played him some of it. I feel like those two people are both great rappers,” she began. “With all of the rappers with the guy and the girl rappers, granted it’s cool for the craft, and to be able to keep up with that — because let me not lie and say there’s no competitive energy in the music industry. Because there is.”