Rikers Officials Fawned Over Foxy Brown

Rapper wore designer duds, did photo shoot
By Drew Nelles,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 21, 2009 4:19 PM CDT
Foxy Brown enters Manhattan criminal court, Tuesday, Aug, 22, 2007, in New York.   (AP Photo/ Louis Lanzano)
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(Newser) – Rapper Foxy Brown received star treatment on Rikers Island, wearing designer clothes and enjoying visits from prison officials during her 9-month stay on a parole violation, the New York Post reports. Angry Department of Corrections insiders say Brown was allowed private meals and cosmetics, unlimited TV and phone use, and an XXL magazine photo shoot to promote an album. "It's just out of control," said one official.

Brown's scuffle with an inmate, which earned her 76 days in isolation, didn't dampen officials' enthusiasm for the hip-hop star. Nor did her verbal abuse of a prison captain. Prison ministers allegedly played a key role in laying out Brown's red carpet, with approval from higher-ups. When Brown left the prison, swept up by a luxury SUV, the correction department's chief "was waving to her," an official said. "I've never seen that before in my entire life."