Thursday, October 25, 2007

Foxy Brown gets isolation in New York jail

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Rapper Foxy Brown received 76 days in isolation at a New York jail after getting into a shoving match with another inmate and refusing to do a drug test, authorities said on Wednesday.
Brown, 29, whose real name is Inga Marchand, has been isolated and confined to her cell for 23 hours each day, except to attend religious services, visit the law library and meet with visitors, said Stephen Morello, deputy commissioner for public information for the New York Department of Corrections.

Brown is serving a one-year sentence at Rikers Island jail for a parole violation stemming from an assault on two nail salon stylists over a $20 manicure.

In September, a judge sentenced Brown for violating her parole by failing to appear for court-ordered anger management classes and for again being arrested on assault charges.

Earlier this month, Brown pleaded not guilty to one of those charges -- assaulting a New York City woman with her BlackBerry. If convicted, Brown could face a seven-year sentence, prosecutors said.

On October 16, Brown was disciplined for fighting with another inmate, using abusive language when speaking to a corrections officer and refusing to provide a urine sample for a random drug test, said Morello.

He said neither woman was injured in the "shoving match."

Brown has been living in "relatively low-level protective custody" in a single cell and has had access to a day room and a communal cafeteria, Morello said.

A message left with Brown's lawyer was not immediately responded to. Brown has previously said that many of her legal problems have been a consequence of her celebrity.


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