Rapper Remy Ma has lashed out at the New York jury that found her guilty of assault and weapon possession charges in March (08), blaming racism for her conviction.
The star, real name Remy Smith, is currently being held without bail at Rikers Island prison in New York until her sentencing on 13 May (08). She faces up to 25 years behind bars after being convicted of shooting acquaintance Makeda Barnes Joseph in the abdomen following a row outside a club in the Big Apple.
But the 26-year-old, who is of African American origin, insists she expected the jury to return a guilty verdict, claiming they were biased against her skin colour and chosen career path.
Still proclaiming her innocence, she tells U.S. DJ Kay Slay, "Just because 12 people say something, who weren't there, does not mean nothing. I'm not even mad at people. I'm mad at money or what lack of does to people. It's really sad. Ain't (sic) nothing changed, because I'm on the Island... (I'm) still the Queen of NY.
"Don't be mistaken about a jury that was not my peers. There was no tan (or) dark brown, Black - nothing - on that jury. It's a whole conspiracy against rappers right now so I already knew what it was."