XXXTentacion’s Domestic Abuse Trial Has Been Delayed
It's been almost a year since XXXTentacion was arrested and charged with the aggravated battery of a pregnant woman, domestic battery by strangulation, false imprisonment and witness-tampering. The trial for those charges was supposed to begin on Oct. 5, but according to a new report by Pitchfork, it's now been delayed.
A spokesperson for Miami-Dade state attorney's office seemed to suggest that the South Florida rapper's lawyer was the reason for the delay. The outlet reports that a hearing between the defense and the prosecution is still set to take place on Oct. 5.
“The prosecutor is ready to go to trial at any point,” the state attorney’s spokesperson explained. “I cannot speak for the defense counsel.” The spokesperson then revealed that both sides of the case wanted to postpone the trial so they could make time to orchestrate the questioning of the defense's witnesses.
The state attorney's spokesperson goes on to say X's lawyer hasn't made X's witnesses available for deposition yet, and that he's indicated he won't be available until "late October or early November.” X's lawyer hadn't responded at the time Pitchfork published the report.
Pitchfork also found that X's lawyer also acts as the attorney of X's manager, Solomon Sobande, who was reportedly charged with trafficking counterfeit credit cards last year. His next hearing for that case begins on Sept. 29.
Last month, Pitchfork recapped X's alleged victim's deposition, which accused XXXTentacion of several instances of domestic violence. Speaking on the event through his Instagram account, X said: “I am not what they make me out to be, you were informed, do not be blind.” He has since laughed off the accusations. The rapper has denied the charges multiple times, including during our interview back in February while he was still behind bars for separate charges.
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