Love and HipHop New York’s Mendeecees Harris was released from Yates County Jail on Monday after serving over a year in the pen. And who was there to help bail him out? His longtime girlfriend and ride or die chick, Yandy Smith.
According to reports, the reality star, who was taken into custody in January 2013 for his alleged involvement with a heroin and cocaine drug ring, was released on $600,000.00 bail. Harris and Smith appeared in federal court in Rochester yesterday and U.S. District Judge Frank Geraci Jr. agreed to release Harris on a “bond package.” That’s when Yandy agreed to front $200,000.00 of the set bail.
After the initial reports surfaced, there were many questions as to how somebody can get released by only paying partial sum of the bail. HipHollywood spoke exclusively with Los Angeles attorney, Daniel Perlman who broke it down for us.
“Most people are more familiar with bail in state courts where a specific percentage of the bond must be paid to secure one’s release. In federal court they sometimes don’t require any payment on a bond. Sometimes you can put up a house or something else of value called collateral,” he told us. “There is more flexibility in federal. In this case, a bond package as they are referring to it, is the federal judge requiring a combination of cash and assets in order to secure the individual’s release which may or may not add up to the full $600,000 bond.”
“The court and U.S attorney are probably evaluating the risk of flight of the individual and seeking what they believe is sufficient security that he will return to court on the appointed date. The risk is if the individual doesn’t return to court, whomever vouched for him will lose their asset. So they are more likely to stick around.”
On Monday evening, Yandy took to Instagram to share photos with fans of her man’s release. In one image, Mendeecees can be seen stepping into a waiting van which appears to be right outside the facility. In another image, the music producer can be seen holding he and Yandy’s 20-month old-son.
Tracee Ellis Ross Spills The Real Tea On ‘Black-ish’ Wage Demands + Deon Cole, Jenifer Lewis Weigh In
Tracee Ellis Ross is unveiling the truth behind recent reports that she was demanding more money for her time spent on ABC’s Black-ish.
Just last week, The Hollywood Reporter suggested Tracy was in negotiations and asking for more for not only going into her fourth season on the hit show, but because her male co-host, Anthony Anderson, makes significantly more than she does.
The report also claimed that if she didn’t make any headway, she might step away and consider guest starring on other shows.
Over the weekend, Ellis addressed the reports and didn’t exactly deny the claims. In a lengthy statement shared on social media, Ross said that she “was in renegotiation, like many actors find themselves in during the fourth season of a successful show.”
She continued, “I wanted to be compensated in a way that matches my contribution to a show that I love for many reasons, including the opportunity it allows me to reshape what it is to be a fully realized black woman on TV.”
She did, however, confirm that claims there were threats are false. “I wish I could have been called by the reporter to confirm that,” she wrote.
Tracy’s statement falls right in line with what her co-stars, Deon Cole and Jenifer Lewis, explained to HipHollywood on Sunday night during the 2018 SAG Awards.
When asked about Ross’ desire to earn more money, Lewis said, “Tracee should have more money, you should have more money, every woman should have more money because we’ve been in the background too long. ”
Television’s favorite mom continued, “We’ve got grab her by the pussy in the White House and women are not standing for it anymore. Black-ish is a very important show, we are dealing with all the pressing issues of our time … This is the time to look it in the face and address it and come through the fire. Women are not taking it anymore.”
Deon also shut down rumors that Ross would be taking a back seat, telling us “There’s two sides to every story. Tracee is fine, everybody is fine, and everybody is getting paid. Everybody is eating. It’s all love I promise you.”
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