Foxy Brown Asks Judge For Early Prison Release, Cites Hearing Issues

ImageHearing problems have reportedly been behind some of Foxy Brown's discipline issues while in jail, and now the rapper is asking to be released from prison early to seek treatment for her condition.

Foxy, whose real name is Inga Marchand, is currently serving a year-long sentence for violating her probation in connection with a 2004 assault charge.

Since being in jail, she was thrown in solitary confinement for bad behavior, which she alleged was due to her hearing problem and a battery-operated hearing device that was working improperly.

According to the Associated Press, Brown is seeking the early release so she can travel to a Los Angeles clinic and "have her cochlear implant reprogrammed and repaired or else face imminent harm to her hearing."

The rapper has already had two failed hearing surgeries.

"Ms. Marchand does not want to risk such a sensitive and complicated process to centers that have failed her in the past," the petition says.

In a handwritten letter that was submitted as part of the appeal, Brown said she is worried about her well-being.

"I ask you to please take into consideration that my health is in jeopardy," Brown wrote.

Brown's lawyer, Laura Dilimetin, claims her client's music career is also at stake.

"If her hearing is damaged any further, it will affect the way she hears and it will affect the way she sings," Dilimetin said. "It will have dire consequences on her ability to maintain her profession and livelihood."

No court date has been set as of yet to discuss Foxy's request. She is asking to be released by Jan. 30.

Brown's latest album, Brooklyn's Don Diva, is scheduled to hit the streets on Feb. 5.