Earlier this week, Lil Baby and a member of his entourage were arrested on marijuana-related charges while attending Paris Fashion Week with close friend and NBA All-Star James Harden. The rapper has since been released by Paris police—who issued him a fine for having cannabis in his car—and has spoken out to thank his fans and supporters for their concern and plug an upcoming show back in the U.S.
“Thank You To Everyone Who Checced On Me,” the “Every Chance I Get” rapper wrote on Instagram. “I’m Good I’m Otw To The States To Rock My Show At The Pavilion At Pan Am In Indianapolis!!” He also assuaged the concerns of his followers on Twitter, simply writing, “I’m good.”
The incident causing his arrest occurred on Thursday (July 8) and was allegedly sparked when a vehicle the “Drip Too Hard” rapper, Harden, and a bodyguard were traveling in was stopped by plainclothes officers, who reportedly smelled marijuana coming from inside. Apparently, confusion arose between the plainclothes officers and Baby—who initially refused to allow a search of the vehicle—and company due to a language barrier between the two parties, causing uniformed officers to arrive at the scene to conduct the search. In clips of the incident that have since surfaced, Baby, Harden, and several other men can be seen being searched on Avenue Montaigne, with Harden explaining that he doesn’t “understand” the reason for what’s happening. In another clip, the 31-year-old athlete is seen standing near a police vehicle that Lil Baby is sitting in.
Damn lil baby got arrested
wtf Paris doing pic.twitter.com/ZDFRZk5yPu
— CHAMPAGNE CURRY ?? (@RatiodbyWardell) July 8, 2021
According to the Paris prosecutor’s office, the 26-year-old rapper was arrested after being suspected of transporting illicit drugs when more than 20 grams of marijuana was allegedly discovered during the police’s search of the vehicle they were traveling in. However, Harden, who was initially detained, was not arrested or accused of any wrongdoing and was free to go, according to a statement made by the Brooklyn Nets star’s camp.
Representatives for Lil Baby, who was seen with Harden at a Balenciaga show also attended by Kanye West before the incident, have yet to release a statement. According to Paris’ prosecutor’s office, the incident is currently under investigation.