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Bobby Shmurda Pleads Not Guilty To Conspiracy, Gun And Drug Charges

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Bobby Shmurda appeared before a New York judge on Thursday and pleaded not guilty to conspiracy, drug trafficking, gun possession and reckless endangerment charges.

Earlier this week, the “Hot Boy” rapper was arrested in front of Quad Studios in New York following a massive gang bust. According to Police Commissioner Bill Bratton, Shmurda and his gang GS9 have been under surveillance by the Brooklyn South Violence Reduction Task Force for quite some time. NYPD along with a special narcotics force have been investigating the street gang for their alleged involvement with multiple shootings, drug trafficking, turf wars and the killing of a rival.

“Ackquille is the driving force behind the GS9 gang,” said Special Narcotics Prosecutor Nigel Farinha in Manhattan Supreme Court. “He is also a violent enforcer of the gang’s activity. He’s a drug dealer, and a prolific one at that.”

12 other defendants were also busted and are being charged with a laundry list of crimes including murder, attempted murder, assault and drug dealing. During the takedown, law enforcement found two handguns and a small amount of crack cocaine in the car the rapper was riding in. Overall, police confiscated 21 guns and 10 during Wednesday’s arrest.

Special Narcotics Prosecutor Bridget Brennan said during a news conference that the investigation led to some “deeply disturbing themes: The gang members’ enthrallment with guns, and a cavalier disregard for human life.”

Arresting officer James Essig also said that, Shmurda’s lyrics are “almost like a real-life document of what they were doing on the street.”

If you’ve heard Bobby’s track, “Hot Ni**a,” you know that the 21-year-old raps, “selling crack since like the 5th grade … We gon’ pull up in that hooptie like we cops on ’em/ With M16s, we gon’ put some shots on em/ But GS for my gun squad.'” Following Shmurda’s arrest, memes started floating around suggesting that the rapper snitched on himself.

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The judge ordered Ackquille Pollard, the rapper’s legal name, to be held on $2 million bail.  If convicted of conspiracy, the rapper could face up to 25 years behind bars.

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Exclusive: Sorry, Folks, Diddy Did NOT Offer H&M Model A Contract

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Last week rumors started circulating that Diddy had offered Liam Mango, the young model featured in the H&M ad a Sean John modeling contract. Unfortunately those reports, as sweet as they sound, aren’t true.

Diddy spoke to reporters backstage before a tapping of his new show The Four  and clarified what really happened.

“I didn’t actually offer a modeling contract to him I told my people to reach out to him so we could use him in the next shoot that we do,” he explained.  “But with that being said, I think that what we’re seeing is just a general insensitivity to how we feel you know. I think that H&M is going to feel the results of that.”

H&M has issued an official apology for featuring Mango on their website in a “Coolest Monkey In The Jungle” hoodie, saying in a statement : “We sincerely apologize for offending people with this image of a printed hooded top. The image has been removed from all online channels and the product will not be for sale in the United States. We believe in diversity and inclusion in all that we do and will be reviewing all our internal policies accordingly to avoid any future issues.”

After photos of the young boy hit the web, folks started speaking out against the retailer calling them racist and insensitive. But one person not feeling that way was Mango’s mother. She posted her thoughts Facebook questioning what all the fuss is about. “I really don’t understand but not coz am choosing not to but because it’s not my way of thinking, sorry.”

She and the boys father Terry Odhiambo have since had a change of heart appearing on ITV on Monday, saying they don’t think that there’s ever an “overreaction when it comes to racism”.

They also said they’ve had to move from their home in Sweden, and haven’t been able to live a normal life since the controversy started.

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