American rapper, Kodak Black has pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of first-degree assault and battery in a plea deal.
Kodak Black was originally indicted on a charge of criminal sexual conduct in the first degree and faced up to 30 years in prison. However, the victim agreed to the terms of a plea deal.
As part of the agreement, Kodak is required to get counseling as well as apologize to the girl who accused him of rape in 2016.
The victim told authorities the assault took place inside a hotel room following the rappers performance in Florence, South Carolina.
The warrant for Kodak’s arrest stated he “forced the victim onto the bed in the room and then onto the floor of the room. He (Kodak) removed the victim’s underwear” before penetrating her as she repeatedly told him to stop. Authorities said the rapper ignored the girl’s pleas and allegedly bit her on the neck and breasts.
Kodak Black, whose legal name is Bill Kapri, was sentenced to 10 years suspended to 18 months probation under the conditions of the plea deal.
“Today Bill Kapri took a plea to the legal charge of assault, a non sex offense, and received 18 months probation,” his legal team said in a statement.
“This was a change of charge from the original charge. Having consistently denied these 5 year old allegations, he entered this plea in order to resolve the matter.”
In January, former President Trump granted commutation to Kodak Black, who was in prison at the time for falsifying information on federal forms to buy firearms in Miami on two separate occasions. The rapper admitted to lying on the forms and pleaded guilty in 2019.