Gunna has posted an open letter from behind bars proclaiming his innocence.
In the letter shared to his Instagram Tuesday – his 29th birthday – the rapper began by stating, “2022 has been one of the best years of my life, despite this difficult situation.”
He described how he went from a marginalized upbringing to using his talents to better his circumstances and provide for his loved ones.
“For now, I don’t have my freedom. But I am innocent,” he wrote. “I am being falsely accused and will never stop fighting to clear my name!”
He added, “The picture that is being painted of me is ugly and untrue … I have all faith that God will grant me justice for the purity in my heart and the innocence of my actions.”
Gunna also seemingly called out the way his music is being used against him in the case, writing, “As a Black Man in America, it seems as though my art is only acceptable when I’m a source of entertainment for the masses. My art is not allowed to stand alone as entertainment, I’m not allowed that freedom as a Black Man in America.”
The rapper concluded his message by writing in part, “When I was free, I was good and kind to the community around me and, when I’m released, I will do the same thing all over again.”
Gunna and Young Thug were among 28 people identified in a 56-count grand jury indictment that included counts of conspiracy to violate the RICO Act, murder, armed robbery and participation in criminal street gang activity.
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