Pras, the 3rd member of award-winning The Fugees hip-hop group, was convicted on 10 felony counts by federal prosecutors on April 26th.
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Pras entered a plea of not guilty to multiple charges. These charges included acting as an unregistered foreign agent of China, witness tampering and conspiring to make illegal campaign contributions. Pras Michel chose to act as his own legal representation during the court proceedings and plans to appeal his conviction.
A sentencing date has not yet been set.
Understanding What Pras Did
Pras, whose real name is Prakazrel Samuel Michel, openly admitted to aiding the FBI in extraditing Chinese billionaire Guo Wengui. He also discussed the three Americans held hostage by China.
They are currently trying Michel for his involvement with Malaysian financier Jho Low. Although the case also involves Low, he did not appear in court due to his status as a fugitive.
Prosecutors are accusing the “Ghetto Superstar” of running “foreign-influencer campaigns against the United States Government. These campaigns took place prior to Barack Obama’s 2nd term and Donald Trump’s 1st term in office.
Pras Labeled A “Rat” By 50 Cent
50 Cent took to his Instagram to call Fugee rapper Pras a “rat.” This was in response to an article stating that Pras often met with FBI agents as an informant.
Recently, 50 Cent shared his opinion about Fugees’ Pras on Instagram. The post featured a thumbnail for an article that claimed the “Ghetto Superstar” artist was an informant.
The photo caption said, “ I knew this fool was a rat! I’m glad I never fuck with this guy #bransoncognac #lecheminduroi.”
Known for being very vocal, rapper 50 Cent doesn’t shy away from public opinion. In the past, he has called out fellow rapper Kanye West, Instagram, and even Father’s Day biases.
Gunna’s Legal Team Responds to “Snitch” Allegations
Pras isn’t the only rapper being labeled as a rat.
Gunna had been shunned by the rap community prior to the YSL label case. His legal team came to his defense when he was labeled a “snitch” during the proceedings.