Rap Basement

Foxy Brown

Foxy In The Hole

Posted By on October 23, 2007

At least Foxy Brown has been able to engage in her usual pastimes while behind bars.

The Ill Na Na rapper was relegated to 76 days of solitary confinement on Oct. 16 after scuffling with another inmate and exhibiting behavioral issues at Rikers Island, where she's currently serving a year for probation violation.

A spokesman for the New York City Department of Correction said that Brown, whose real name is Inga Marchand, got into a shoving match with another prisoner on Oct. 3 and had to be forcibly separated from the woman.

Sources told the New York Post, which first reported Brown's change of venue, that the inmates were on their way to the dining room in the jail's Rose M. Singer facility when the ladies got into it.

Neither woman was injured, but apparently that was only the beginning for Brown. According to the Post, a day after her mealtime meltdown, Brown refused to take a mandatory drug test and was verbally abusive toward some of the guards.

The various infractions were reviewed by the Department of Correction, which then ordered Brown's temporary transfer from Rikers' general population to punitive segregation, during which she'll spend up to 23 hours a day alone in her cell. She can spend the remaining hour meeting with her attorney and other visitors, exercising or in the jail's library.

Brown's sparring partner was sentenced to 11 days in solitary.

Meanwhile, correction officials haven't yet reviewed Brown's refusal to go to Brooklyn on Oct. 12 for her arraignment on assault charges. (She has said that she missed the first bus because she wanted to change clothes and freshen her makeup, and that she wasn't on the second bus because she wanted to eat lunch before going to court.)

Four days later Brown made the trip and pleaded not guilty to assault, attempted assault and criminal possession of a weapon for allegedly smacking her neighbor with her BlackBerry.

Brown's manager, Chaz Williams, told MTV News that he doesn't think the rapper, who suffers from hearing loss, should be isolated and that the officials at the Singer facility aren't following proper procedure when it comes to her health.

The volatile performer was sentenced to three years' probation last October after pleading guilty to assaulting two Manhattan nail salon workers during a skirmish over the bill.

After a series of violations, which included further assault accusations and leaving the state without the court's permission, Manhattan Criminal Court Judge Melissa C. Jackson gave Brown a year in jail to think about her behavior.

"I hope you turn your life around and never again have to stand in a court of law," Jackson told the 28-year-old on Sept. 7.

Since hunkering down behind bars, Brown has used that opening in her schedule to launch a Website, freefoxybrown.com, so that her fans can keep up with her career, and to work on her new album, Brooklyn's Don Diva, which is still slated to drop Nov. 20.