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Deadspin 10 July, 2021 - 09:12am 43 views

Is Lil baby in jail?

Rapper Lil Baby, one of two people detained by French police as part of a drug investigation, has been released, officials said. Harden, who had been seen with Jones around Paris over the past week, was not in custody. ... Yahoo NewsLil Baby released from police custody in Paris

Lil Baby's arrest on Thursday along one of the French capital’s most upscale avenues shocked fans of both high-profile Americans, in town for Paris Fashion Week. It also resurfaced questions about racial profiling in France.

After his release, the rapper posted on Instagram “I’m Good” and said that he was heading back to the U.S.

Plainclothes police stopped Harden, Lil Baby and his bodyguard because a strong smell of cannabis was coming from their car, according to a French police official who spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to be publicly named.

The official said that Lil Baby, whose real name is Dominique Jones, initially refused to allow police to check the car. The situation was tense because the Americans didn’t understand what was happening. Uniformed officers then arrived and proceeded to search the car, finding 32 grams of cannabis, according to the official.

Lil Baby and the bodyguard were taken into custody on suspicion of transporting drugs, and released Friday morning after being handed fines, according to the prosecutor's office.

Video of the incident shared online shows a plainclothes officer frisking a confused-looking Harden while he holds his phone.

A student in the area described seeing the ruckus on what is normally a quiet avenue, lined with luxury boutiques. “I turned my head and it was unbelievable, I saw Lil Baby and James Harden ... they are standing and are being frisked,” said the witness, Lance Avraham Pena.

Language appeared to pose a problem and police didn’t recognize the two Americans, said Pena, who filmed a bit of the scene.

Fans of Harden and the singer in France raised concerns online about racial profiling. But the Paris police department appeared to deflect suggestions the arrest was groundless by tweeting that it was based on an “infraction." Both men are Black, and the police officers white.

A lawyer who has researched racial profiling in France asked, “Would a white person have been stopped the same way? ... It's not at all sure.”

Lawyer Slim Ben Achour cited research showing that white people in France are less likely to get stopped and frisked or fined for this kind of drug offense. The research also showed that police are more likely to carry out identity checks on Black or Arab men in housing projects known for crime, or in neighborhoods where the assumption is that they "don't belong."

"You see that you can be a millionaire or a super star and you always have this stigma," Achour told The AP. “Black Americans have their own problems and some think that Europe is better, and they see that ... there are common problems."

A representative for Lil Baby did not respond to requests for comment.

Harden posted photos online soon before the arrest of the two friends at various Paris locales.

Rapper and Brooklyn Nets' James Harden were stopped by authorities after exiting car that smelled of marijuana

Rapper Lil Baby was temporarily detained by Paris police on Friday after officers found marijuana in his car, the city prosecutor's office said.

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Nets’ James Harden has international incident at Paris Fashion Week

NJ.com 10 July, 2021 - 09:21pm

Nets star James Harden was detained by French police -- but ultimately not arrested -- on Thursday following a kerfuffle during Paris Fashion Week, according to Le Parisien.

No, it wasn’t because he was wearing a track suit that resembled Obi-Wan Kenobi’s robes. It’s because he was one of several people in a car that smelled of marijuana, which is illegal in France.

From CBS Sports:

Harden, who is in Paris for Fashion Week, was apparently nearby talking to friends and walked over to intervene. Harden was ultimately free to leave after being briefly detained, but Lil Baby is reportedly in police custody on suspicion of transport of illicit drugs. Video of the incident surfaced online with Harden saying “I don’t understand.”

ESPN also reported Harden has been spotted with Kanye West in Paris, although it doesn’t look like West was present at the time of the incident. Police reportedly found 20 grams of weed in the car.

Harden was supposed to play for Team USA at the Olympics in Tokyo this summer, but he pulled out due to a hamstring injury suffered in the Nets’ second-round playoff loss to the Bucks.

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US rapper Lil Baby released, faces fine after Paris drug arrest

GMA News Online 10 July, 2021 - 09:17am

PARIS - American rapper Lil Baby was released from police custody in Paris on Friday after his arrest on suspicion of possessing drugs, and faces a fine, prosecutors said.

Lil Baby, 26, whose real name is Dominique Jones, was in a parked car late Thursday that was checked by officers who said they smelled cannabis, according to a police source.

Police found 20 grams of cannabis grass in the vehicle, the Parisien newspaper reported.

The rapper was detained along with a friend who was in the car. They were given notice of committing a criminal offence and told they face a fine for using drugs, Paris prosecutors said in a statement to AFP.

This fine must be approved by a judge before it is formally imposed.

NBA star James Harden, in the French capital with the rapper for Fashion Week, was in the vicinity and intervened but was not detained.

In a video posted on Twitter, Harden, who has played for the Brooklyn Nets since January, can be seen surrounded by several police officers, with one patting him down.

Jones, an active supporter of the Black Lives Matter movement, was twice nominated for a Grammy music award in 2020 for "The Bigger Picture." —Agence France-Presse

Lil Baby arrested in Paris for weed & NBA star James Harden 'detained and frisked'

The US Sun 09 July, 2021 - 04:32pm

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Rapper Lil Baby has been arrested in France, reportedly as part of a huge drugs bust while with NBA superstar James Harden who was "detained and frisked."

He was accompanied by the Brooklyn Nets player while attending Paris Fashion Week who was neither arrested nor taken into custody, ESPN confirmed.

The prosecutor's office said that an investigation has been opened by the city's 8th district police precinct.

Just hours before his reported arrest, controversial YouTuber Logan Paul spoke about Lil Baby on his podcast, which sparked a response from the rapper.

“I’m all for the new artists, but this one in particular I have no idea what he’s saying. I have none. And it all sounds the same, his tone is the same it’s all the same. I give him a year," Paul said.

Lil Baby caught word of the comments and responded on Twitter, tweeting “Logan who?” and “More like give em a year to have 100ms.”

LIL BABY UPDATES INSTAGRAM AFTER HIS RELEASE

Lil Baby has been released by French police & is back to work already🔥 pic.twitter.com/nufYvS33Uy

LOGAN PAUL RESPONDS TO LIL BABY

I was wrong about Lil Baby

LIL BABY TAKES TO TWITTER TO UPDATE FANS

Lil Baby was one of three people arrested on weed-related charges in Paris.

About 20 grams of weed was seized by authorities. The substance is illegal in France.

The prosecutor's office said that an investigation has been opened by the city's 8th district police precinct.

Lil Baby, an American rapper whose real name is Dominique Jones, was detained for allegedly transporting drugs.

According to the city prosecutor's office, the crimes took place on Thursday July 8.

The rapper had reportedly been in Paris for Fashion Week.

Baby was reportedly among three people who were arrested for weed-related charges.

There were allegedly 20 grams of weed discovered, according to the outlet. The substance is illegal in France.

The NBA star wasn’t arrested as he wasn’t thought to be involved in the alleged crimes involving cannabis.

He had simply been nearby and attempted to intervene in the police confrontation.

WHAT DID LOGAN PAUL SAY ABOUT LIL BABY?

“Lil Baby, he’ll pop up on my Spotify… I’m scrolling through, and I f***ing can’t get away from Lil Baby songs,” Paul said.

“I’m all for the new artists, but this one in particular I have no idea what he’s saying. I have none. And it all sounds the same, his tone is the same it’s all the same. I give him a year.”

LIL BABY POSTS ON INSTAGRAM FOLLOWING HIS RELEASE

OFFICER SEEMS TO BE HOLDING VAPING DEVICE

One photo from the scene, obtained by the outlet, showed an officer holding what appears to be a vaping device. It is unclear who it belongs to and what substance is inside.

OFFICERS ALLEGEDLY FOUND 32GRAMS OF MARIJUANA

The source added that Lil Baby initially refused to let cops check the car, but later uniformed officers came and took a lot.

They allegedly found 32 grams of cannabis in the vehicle - a substance that is illegal in France.

The rapper, alongside his bodyguard, were taken into custody on suspicion of transporting drugs but were released on Friday morning after being slapped with fines.

The rapper was seen sitting in the back of a police van and appeared to be handcuffed, according to TMZ.

LIL BABY'S CAR STOPPED BY PLAINCLOTHED OFFICER

local French newspaper said that the rapper was in a group that was stopped by police at 4.50pm after people left a vehicle reportedly smelling of marijuana.

It was plainclothed officers who halted the group, an official told the Associated Press.

He was accompanied by Brooklyn Nets player James Harden, however, he was not arrested, only searched.

Footage from the scene showed Harden and one other male being surrounded by cops and having their pockets searched.

Harden can be heard telling someone "it's ok, I don't understand."

The baller was nearby and tried to intervene before being stopped and let go, according to ESPN.

WHAT IS LIL BABY'S NET WORTH?

He now has an impressive $5M in the bank.

Lil Baby has come a LONG way from the days of playing tiny clubs in the South for just $500 a gig.

In a December 2020 interview with the Breakfast Club, Baby told Charlamagne Tha God that he now gets paid $400K per show.

Lil Baby of course also makes money from his music, and as of July 2021 has had his tracks streamed 11 billion times.

WHAT IS LIL BABY'S REAL NAME?

Lil Baby was born Dominique Jones on December 3, 1994, in Atlanta, Georgia.

Raised by a single mother, he didn’t take to school and dropped out in ninth grade.

After he was released from jail in 2017 for dealing drugs, he became a full time rapper, and the rest is history.

LIL BABY'S TWEETS ABOUT LOGAN PAUL

@kanyewest no disrespect nobody told me 🤷🏽‍♂️

WHAT DID KANYE WEST TWEET ABOUT LIL BABY IN 2020?

Kanye went on a tweeting storm in July 2020 and mentioned that Lil Baby did not want to collaborate with him.

“Lil Baby my favorite rapper but won’t do a song wit me,” said Kanye.

The tweet has since been deleted, but fans alerted Lil Baby and let him know what Kanye had said.

Lil Baby, 26, is an American rapper from Atlanta, Georgia.

He rose to mainstream fame in 2017 following the release of his mixtape Perfect Timing.

Lil Baby is best known for his song Yes Indeed with Drake which peaked at 6 on the Billboard Hot 100.

His debut studio album in 2018, Harder Than Ever, was certified RIAA Platinum.

Lil Baby was one of three people arrested on weed-related charges in Paris.

About 20 grams of weed was seized by authorities.

The substance is illegal in France.

The prosecutor's office said that an investigation has been opened by the city's 8th district police precinct.

HARDEN WAS NOT TAKEN INTO CUSTODY

Harden was not arrested or taken into custody, according to ESPN.

Footage from the scene showed Harden and one other male being surrounded by cops and having their pockets searched.

Harden can be heard telling someone "it's ok, I don't understand."

One photo, obtained by TMZ, showed an officer holding what appears to be a vaping device.

It is unclear who it belongs to and what substance is inside.

LOGAN PAUL SAYS HE WAS 'WRONG' AFTER BACKLASH

I was wrong about Lil Baby

Just hours before his reported arrest, controversial YouTuber Logan Paul spoke about Lil Baby on his podcast, which sparked a response from the rapper.

“Lil Baby, he’ll pop up on my Spotify… I’m scrolling through, and I f***ing can’t get away from Lil Baby songs,” Paul said.

“I’m all for the new artists, but this one in particular I have no idea what he’s saying. I have none. And it all sounds the same, his tone is the same it’s all the same. I give him a year.”

Lil Baby caught word of the comments and responded on Twitter, tweeting “Logan who?” and “More like give em a year to have 100ms.”

TWITTER JOKES ABOUT LIL BABY MEETING VP HARRIS

Some on Twitter joked about how Lil Baby met Vice President Kamala Harris earlier this year.

Harris has a reputation for being ambiguous and a bit controversial on marijuana-related issues.

lil baby was playing chess this whole time pic.twitter.com/GOfl0ZnS2u

SOME RECALL HOW TRUMP DEMANDED A$AP ROCKY BE RELEASED IN 2019

Need to see a tweet like this right about now‼️🙏 FREE LIL BABY! pic.twitter.com/PgMHhk1PVR

VIDEO SHOWS LIL BABY APPARENTLY IN POLICE VAN

Lil Baby fined and released after Paris arrest for weed

New York Daily News 09 July, 2021 - 04:00pm

The “Drip Too Hard” entertainer, 26, was detained Thursday by French cops who searched his car and his friend, Brooklyn Nets superstar James Harden. The two were in the City of Lights for Paris Fashion Week.

Lil Baby, whose real name is Dominique Jones, had 32 grams of pot in the vehicle, authorities said. His bodyguard was also detained, fined and released Friday.

French police said they searched the car on Avenue Montaigne, an upscale street lined with fancy fashion boutiques, because the driver committed an infraction and the vehicle smelled of marijuana.

“Would a white person have been stopped the same way?” asked French lawyer Slim Ben Achour, who is not affiliated with the case. “It’s not at all sure.”

Achour cited research that shows white people are less likely to be stopped and frisked for drugs in France. Paris police denied any racial motivation behind the search.

“I’m good,” the Atlanta-born rapper wrote on Twitter after his release. He also shared several photos on Instagram of himself and Harden in Paris on Friday and captioned one “Back at it.”

The pair left Paris later Friday, according to Lil Baby’s final post that showed him walking toward a plane.

Lil Baby has three platinum music projects, “Harder than Ever,” “Drip Harder” and “My Turn,” and is well on his way to a fourth after “The Voice of the Heroes” premiered at No. 1.

Lil Baby Released from Police Custody in Paris

Rap-Up.com 09 July, 2021 - 11:30am

Lil Baby was released from custody on Friday following his arrest in Paris.

According to The Associated Press, the Atlanta rapper was fined by Paris police for having cannabis in his car after he was stopped along with NBA star James Harden, who was frisked but not detained.

Lil Baby’s arrest occurred on the popular Avenue Montaigne while he was in town for Paris Fashion Week. Video showed a plainclothes officer frisking a confused-looking Harden while a handcuffed Baby is seated in the back of a police van.

“I turned my head and it was unbelievable, I saw Lil Baby and James Harden … they are standing and are being frisked,” said a witness, Lance Avraham Pena.

JUST IN: Lil Baby has reportedly been arrested for transporting narcotics in Paris‼️

— RapTV (@raptvcom) July 8, 2021

According to a French police official, police reportedly stopped Lil Baby, Harden, and his bodyguard because they smelled marijuana coming from their car. The official said that Lil Baby initially refused to allow police to check the car. Uniformed officers arrived and proceeded to search the car, allegedly finding 32 grams of cannabis.

Lil Baby and the bodyguard were detained on suspicion of transporting drugs, and released Friday morning after being handed fines.

— Lil Baby (@lilbaby4PF) July 9, 2021

Following his release, the “On Me” rapper returned to Instagram and assured fans that he was OK. “I’m good,” said Baby.

He appeared to proceed with his Paris trip, hitting up designer stores including Louis Vuitton and Goyard. “Back at it,” he wrote on one IG Story.

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