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Rick Ross Out of Jail: Here's Why He Allegedly Assaulted His Groundskeeper

Rick Ross was released on a hefty bond yesterday after spending a week in a Lafayette County jail.

Though the judge previously denied the rapper bail, by the end of his bond hearing yesterday, Ross was allowed to leave on a $2 million bond. He’s required to wear a GPS ankle monitor until further notice.

To meet bond, Ross — with an estimated net worth of $35 million — put up $1 million equity from his ex-Holyfield mansion, a $500,000 surety bond, and $500,000 in cash. For good measure, Ross’ attorney promised to give Lafayette County the entire mansion if Ross makes the ill-advised decision to intimidate or threaten any witnesses.

According to prosecutors, Ross was unhappy that the victim, a groundskeeper who lives at the ex-Holyfield mansion, had “a few individuals" over for his birthday the previous night. Court records say the victim was held against his will in the rapper's guest house for several hours. During the that time he was allegedly assaulted with a handgun, losing the use of his jaw, chipping two teeth, injuring his neck, and causing numerous scratches and bruises. Prosecutors accuse Ross of further threatening the victim, claiming he’d “pop a cap in him" if he squealed.

Ross is charged with kidnapping, aggravated assault, and aggravated battery. His bodyguard, Nadrian James, is charged with kidnapping and aggravated assault.
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Dyllan Furness is Miami New Times' "foreign" correspondent. After earning a degree in philosophy from the University of Florida, he crossed the pond and dove into music, science, and technology from Berlin.
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