Soulja Boy, out on bail after arrest, tells fans he's innocent
Soulja Boy, real name DeAndre Cortez Way, was out on bail Wednesday after appearing in a Georgia court Tuesday afternoon on drug and weapons charges.
"Aye can I have a real ... moment? my fans was DEEP ... OUTSIDE THAT JAIL MAN IM SORRY!!! thats love!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!," the 21-year-old hip-hop performers said on Twitter late Tuesday.
He'd apologized earlier for being unavailable to promote his movie's DVD release while under arrest. "I missed 10 interviews today for my new movie!," he tweeted. "to those companies i'm sorry! you can see I had a lil situation. the show must go on." Whether the "sorry" in the tweet note to the fans was any kind of apology is the eye of the beholder.
Soulja Boy and four other men were arrested in early Tuesday in Temple, Ga., on the interstate near the Alabama border, after a search of the vehicle they were in turned up three guns, more than 5 ounces of marijuana and less than $50,000 in cash, police said.
During a routine traffic stop for a broken tag light, officers noticed "a pungent smell" when the windows of the Cadillac Escalade were rolled down, Police Chief Tim Shaw said, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Some of the items found during the search were in a Louis Vuitton briefcase believed to belong to Way, law-enforcement sources told TMZ. Because there were discrepancies in the men's stories, Shaw told a local news team, all five were charged with felony possession of marijuana, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, each of which carries a penalty of one to 10 years. Georgia police consider more than an ounce of weed to be intended for distribution.
"I'm innocent man. I love you all. I just want you'll to know I'm innocent," Soulja Boy said to fans outside Free at Last Bail Bonds on Tuesday afternoon, CBS Atlanta reported. Bodyguards then rushed him to a waiting car, the station said.
Soulja Boy is out on $10,000 bond. Requests to his reps for comment on Tuesday were not returned.
— Christie D'Zurilla
Photo: Soulja Boy, a.k.a. DeAndre Cortez Way, in Los Angeles in 2009. Credit: Jay Clendenin / Los Angeles Times.