Update 01/21/2021 12:45pm:
Kodak Black has been released from federal prison after Donald Trump commuted his sentence, but new legal trouble awaits the Florida rapper.
According to TMZ, Kodak Black's 2016 sexual assault case is still pending and South Carolina prosecutors are looking to "aggressively" pursue the case until there's a trial or a plea deal is worked out. Florence County Solicitor Ed Clements says the case has been delayed multiple times, due to the pandemic, since the rapper was indicted for allegedly raping a woman after a show.
"Aggressively prosecute? It's been four years," said Beattie Ashmore, Kodak Black's South Carolina attorney. "That speaks volumes. Kodak was on bond and on tour for two years before his federal case even began. Ed's a very fine and experienced prosecutor and I look forward to once again speaking with him about this case. It's been awhile."
Kodak Black was released from prison after serving half of his 46-month sentence for making a false statement on a federal document. While Trump commuted his sentence for a federal crime, it has no impact on cases in state court. If convicted, Kodak Black faces up to 30 years in state prison.
Original 01/20/2021 10:25pm:
Following the news that former President Donald Trump commuted Kodak Black's sentence, the Florida rapper took to Twitter to thank 45 for the clemency.
"I Want To Thank The President @RealDonaldTrump For His Commitment To Justice Reform And Shortening My Sentence," wrote Kodak. "I Also Want To Thank Everyone For Their Support And Love. It Means More Than You Will Ever Know. I Want To Continue Giving Back, Learning And Growing. @DanScavino."
Despite Kodak's impending freedom, prosecutors in South Carolina are hoping to detain him upon his release. Kodak is facing a sexual assault charge in South Carolina stemming from an alleged hotel incident in 2016. While Kodak's federal troubles may be over after Trump's commutation, the state-level crimes are still in play to be prosecuted.