Drake’s clout helped delay J.T. of City Girls’s prison sentence

The Drake effect.

July 17, 2018

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Drake's influence is all-powerful, and his co-sign reportedly helped delay an upcoming prison sentence for City Girls member J.T., The Blast reports. J.T. — real name Jatavia Johnson — was headed to prison on June 25 after being sentenced in January on felony identity theft charges.


Court documents obtained by The Blast show that an attorney for the City Girls member filed a motion requesting that the judge consider giving a 30 day extension to J.T., so that she could perform at the 2018 BET Awards which took place on June 24. Johnson's attorney mentioned Drake's name among a list of major artists that cosigned J.T. and the City Girls in the time since her sentencing.

"This is due to a recent cosign from Drake (other noticeable cosigns include Migos, DJ Khaled, Cardi B, Rick Ross and Trina)," the motion reads. "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 motion also mentioned that Johnson experienced a "meteoric rise in stardom," including YouTube views of over 3 million, and more than 1 million plays on streaming services.

Although the judge reportedly denied the 30 day request, Johnson was given until June 29, enough time for her to perform at the BET awards.

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Drake’s clout helped delay J.T. of City Girls’s prison sentence