The Famouse battle rapper Serius Jones has been arrested for human trafficking and pimping in California.
According to The Mercery News on Monday (June 1) an eight-count criminal complaint with charges was issued against Serius Jones for human trafficking, pimping, assault, robbery, and other felonies. He was charged in January and formally arrested by Walnut Creek police on Feb. 6. He is currently in West Contra Costa Detention Facility in Richmond, Calif.
However, a reporting victim who has been given the identity-protecting pseudonym “Jane Doe” has been listed as a witness in court documents. Prosecutors claim that between July 31 and Oct. 15, 2019, Jones “willfully and unlawfully” violated the alleged victim’s liberties “by forcing her into prostitution.”
The rapper is also facing charges of assaulting a woman “by means likely to produce great bodily injury,” as well as stealing the victim’s 2007 Lexus. According to court records, the incident happened on Oct. 15, when the rapper reportedly threatened and attempted to keep the victim from cooperating with police.
Meanwhile, after the January charges, dedicated fans created a GoFundMe page to support Jones’ legal fees. The page initially labeled Jones’ case as a false accusation about a stolen vehicle but never mentioned the other charges pending against him. The page was deactivated shortly after its’ opening and only raised $110.
A not guilty plea has been made by him in regards to the charges. His next court date has been set for August.
Serius Jones, Saleem Bligen, got his start in the early 2000s after appearing on Fight Klub, a competitive MTV series for freestyle battle rappers. After dominating the show, the rapper went on to star in countless battles gaining a huge fan base.