Shots were fired at Wayne's tour bus in April
Lil Wayne‘s public beef with mentor Birdman and his new protegé Young Thug continues to escalate after the pair were named in an indictment that alleges their involvement in a plot to murder the rapper.
According to WSBTV reporter Mike Petchenik, the indictment claims Birdman and Thugga conspired with suspect Jimmy Winfrey to kill Wayne, who has spent much of this year embroiled in a financial dispute with his former label, the Birdman-helmed Cash Money Records.
Shots were fired at Weezy’s two tour buses as they tried to leave a performance at the Compound nightclub in Atlanta on April 25. No injuries were reported. A few weeks later, Winfrey, who goes by the stage name PeeWee Roscoe, was arrested in connection with the incident.
Posting to Twitter, Petchenik reports that neither Young Thug nor Birdman have been charged with a crime. Instead, the indictment claims a link between Winfrey and the pair, and that prosecutors are attempting to use Thugga’s ‘Halftime’ video as evidence, suggesting that the piece contains footage of Winfrey holding an assault rifle and lyrics relating to Wayne. Scroll down to watch ‘Halftime’.
A WSBTV report adds that the indictment also alleges that Young Thug made a threat against Wayne and that Winfrey ‘carried out’ that threat.
It was reported in January that Wayne is suing Cash Money for $51 million as he believes the company has violated his contract by not releasing his latest album, ‘Tha Carter V’. As well as severing his contract with the firm, the 32-year-old is requesting he be declared the joint copyright holder of everything released on his Cash Money imprint, Young Money, home to Drake and Nicki Minaj.
Birdman has stated that ‘Tha Carter V’ is still set for release, however, with plans in place to release the record “in due time”. For his part, Young Thug created some controversy when he announced he would be putting out an album called ‘Tha Carter VI’. Following a threat of legal action, Thugga re-titled the record ‘Barter 6’ just days before its release in April.