According to reports, battle rapper Serius Jones, real name Saleem Bligen, has been locked up Contra Costa County Jail for months as he faces human trafficking, pimping, assault, robbery, and other felonies as part of an eight-count criminal complaint charges. The famed battle rapper was arrested on February 6 by Walnut Creek police.
Prosecutors are alleging that Bligen “did willfully and unlawfully deprive and/or violate the personal liberty” of the victim, "Jane Doe," between July 31 and October 15 of last year. Allegations raised against Bligen also include an assault charge stemming from an October 15 altercation where he assaulted the woman “by means likely to produce great bodily injury,” in addition to stealing her 2007 Lexus vehicle. Court documents also state that Bligen attempted to dissuade the victim's cooperation with police after allegedly assaulting the woman and stealing her car.
A GoFundMe campaign was set up for Bligen following his arrest in February to put toward legal fees. However, the campaign was only able to raise $110.