Jatavia Johnson, better known as “J.T.”, who was featured on Drake’s new smash hit single “In My Feelings”, had her two-year prison stint put on hold because of her recent rise to stardom.
The Miami-based rapper from the group City Girls was due to turn herself in and begin a 24-month prison sentence on June 25th because of credit card fraud charges that she amassed from September 2016 through April 2017.
A week before Johnson was set to turn herself in, her lawyer filed a motion to delay because the City Girls were scheduled to make an appearance at the BET Awards in LA on June 24th.
In a letter, Johnson’s lawyer explained, “Since the sentencing, the Defendant and her two-girl music group has experienced a meteoric rise in stardom. The Defendant now has over 3 million views on YouTube and they have over one million streams across various platforms. The Defendant is a star.” He went on to say, “This is due to a recent cosign from Drake (other noticeable cosigns include Migos, DJ Khaled, Cardi B, Rick Ross and Trina). It will take three weeks to do the work that needs to be done and then the Defendant can surrender as her first album and its promotion will be done. She can do her time knowing that upon her release her group will be ready to start their second album and tour.”
The judge didn’t give her the 30-day delay requested by the motion, but he did give her until June 29th so that she could perform at the BET Awards.
J.T.’s expected release date is currently listed as March 21, 2020.