Remy Ma Charged With Gang Assault & Tampering W/ A Witness In Murder Case
The female rapper (born Remy Smith) was arrested in July on attempted murder charges after she allegedly shot associate Makeda Barnes-Joseph, twice in the torso, for allegedly stealing $3,000 out of Remy's purse. The case has not gone in front of a grand jury as of yet due to slow progress in the investigation.
According to TMZ, on August 19 Remy apparently saw the boyfriend of a possible witness while at a club in the Bronx. Upon seeing him, Remy allegedly had a group of her associates assault him, resulting in the man suffering a black eye and a fractured bone in his face. A friend of the man was also injured, suffering a broken jaw. The man reportedly has had a metal plate put in his face and was required hospitalization for a week.
Manhattan District Attorney spokesman Edison Alban revealed that Remy is now facing charges of gang assault, tampering with a witness, intimidating a victim and third-degree assault as a result of the nightclub incident.
As reported by the Associated Press, the judge presiding over the case denied prosecutors' requests and ordered yesterday (September 12) that Remy would not have to post additional bail in connection with the new charges. The prosecution argued that Remy had tried to contact witnesses to the July 14 shooting, "not trying to encourage people to come forward and tell the truth, but trying to discourage people from taking the (witness) stand."
Remy's lawyer, Ira Fisher, has said that his client has plead not guilty to all charges.
The rapper is scheduled to be back in court on September 20.