Rapper Kodak Black makes court appearance on sexual conduct charges

Rapper Kodak Black in court Dec. 06, 2018. (Credit: Tonya Brown/WPDE)

Popular hip hop recording artist, Kodak Black, whose real name is Dieuson Octave, made an appearance in court in Florence Thursday for charges of first-degree criminal sexual conduct in November of 2016 in Florence, according to 12th Solicitor Ed Clements.

A Florence County Grand jury indicted Octave last October.

A Florence County Sheriff's Office incident report says the assault happened back in February while Octave was in Florence for a show at the Treasure City nightclub.

Octave, 22, is accused of sexually assaulting a teenage girl, who first reported it to her school nurse in Richland County. The school resource officer got involved and made the Florence County Sheriff's Office aware of the allegations.

The report says Octave sexually assaulted the girl at the Comfort Inn and Suites in Florence County.

Octave was released from the Florence County Detention Center in December of 2016 on a $100,000 bond.

Clements said other bond conditions for Octave are that he can’t comment on the allegations against him by way of print, electronic, digital or social media. If he violates the terms of the bond order-- or his bond could be revoked.

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Octave is also ordered not to have any contact with the victim or the victim’s family, Clements said.

Octave's then attorney Beattie Ashmore of Greenville initially declined comment on the matter when his client was initially arrested.

Kodak’s attorneys are Beattie Ashmore of Greenville and Robert E. Lee of Marion.

He faces up to 30 years in prison if convicted. A court date could possibly be set for his trial in April 2019.

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