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Young Thug’s attorney Brian Steel arrested for alleged contempt of court: Reports

An attorney representing Young Thug in the rapper’s ongoing RICO trial has reportedly found himself embroiled in his own legal troubles.

Attorney Brian Steel was taken into custody on Monday for alleged contempt of court, according to WSB-TV,  and The Atlanta-Journal Constitution.

Steel was apprehended by courtroom deputies after the lawyer refused to disclose to Judge Ural Glanville how he learned of a private meeting between the judge and prosecutors in the case. “You got some information you shouldn’t have gotten,” Glanville told Steel, per The Atlanta-Journal Constitution.

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USA TODAY has reached out to representatives for The Steel Law Firm and Young Thug for comment.

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Following Judge Glanville’s order, court footage provided by WSB-TV shows Steel removing articles of clothing – such as his suit jacket and tie – as the attorney is taken into custody.

Before leaving the courtroom, Steel told Glanville that Young Thug did not want to continue the trial without his presence. “You are removing me against his will, my will, and you’re taking away his right to counsel,” he said to the judge.

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Young Thug faces a racketeering trial in Atlanta after the rapper was accused of co-founding a violent criminal street gang and using his music to promote it. Court proceedings resumed in January following a delay in December 2023. The YSL rapper, whose real name is Jeffery Lamar Williams, has been charged with violating Georgia’s anti-racketeering and gang laws, among other alleged offenses.

A Fulton County grand jury indicted Young Thug in May 2022. A second indictment in August 2022 accuses Young Thug and 27 other people of conspiring to violate Georgia’s Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, known as RICO. The indictments contain 65 counts of felony charges, six of which apply to Young Thug.

Judge in Young Thug trial continues proceedings after Brian Steel arrest

The dispute that reportedly led to Steel’s arrest on Monday occurred when the attorney approached Judge Glanville about a conversation between Glanville and prosecutors regarding witness Kenneth Copeland, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Steel said he learned that prosecutor Simone Hylton told Copeland he could be held in custody until all defendants have their cases disposed of. “If that’s true, what this is is coercion, witness intimidation, ex parte communications that we have a constitutional right to be present for,” he told the judge, per The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

teel’s revelation led to a tense back-and-forth between the attorney and judge.

“I still want to know, how did you come upon this information. Who told you?” Glanville asked, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, to which Steel replied, “What I want to know is why wasn’t I there.”

Following his order to have Steel removed for contempt of court, Glanville remained adamant in continuing the trial, despite the protest of Young Thug’s other attorney Keith Adams. “I’m not halting nothing,” Glanville said, per The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Glanville added that the information leak from the prosecutors’ meeting was “a violation of the sacrosanctness of the judge’s chambers.”

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