A teenage rapper was allowed to shoot a music video inside a Cleveland courtroom even though he is facing dozens of serious charges including attempted murder and criminal gang activity.
Crayshaun Bates, who goes by the rap name Lil Cray, shot part of the music video for his song Indictment at the Cuyahoga County Juvenile Justice Center last month while he was out of jail on house arrest.
The 19-year-old is currently facing multiple charges including criminal gang activity, attempted murder and weapons.
Judge Michael Ryan told Fox 8 he opened his courtroom after hours for a music producer friend but said he was not aware it involved Bates until the day of filming.
He said he was aware of Bates’ pending charges.
‘Last time I checked the Constitution, everyone is innocent until proven guilty,’ Judge Bates said.
‘I’m always about helping young people especially when I see that they have promise. They have talent.’
But the hip hop artist was jailed on Tuesday after he was found to have violated the terms of his $150,000 bond on criminal gang and attempted murder charges.
Bates was arrested at his home on January 6 by Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Deputies, Cleveland.com reports.
Under the terms of his bond, Bates was supposed to be home by 11pm but phoned a probationary emergency line at 11.10pm to inform authorities he had a flat tyre and needed to stop at a gas station on the way home from a recording studio.
He was given permission to stop but was told to return home by 11.30pm. But Bates’ ankle monitor picked up that he stopped at a liquor store before returning home.
Police found him drunk in the basement of his home with friends and subsequently arrested him.
The court was played footage from a deputies body camera that captured Bates offering $35,000 to avoid being arrested.
He had also violated his parole last year when he cut off his ankle monitor, but was released from jail.
His lawyer has asked the court to allow Bates to perform at four upcoming concerts. The judge is yet to rule on that motion.