Judge Orders Pitchfork to Turn Over Chief Keef Video

Prosecutors want to see if convicted teen rapper violated probation by holding weapon

By BJ Lutz
|  Monday, Dec 17, 2012  |  Updated 10:49 AM CDT
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The company that runs the popular Pitchfork Music Festival has until the middle of next week to turn over the complete footage recorded of teen rapper Chief Keef holding a rifle.

Pitchfork TV several months ago decided against using any of the footage, shot for a feature on the rapper, but prosecutors want the video to see if the teen violated his probation by holding the weapon.

Judge Carl Anthony Walker made his ruling Wednesday, saying prosecutors had successfully argued they had no other way of seeing the footage, the Chicago Tribune reported.

Chief Keef, whose real name is Keith Cozart, was convicted last year of pointing a gun at a Chicago police officer, and as part of his probation is banned from holding or using weapons.

Pitchfork Media must surrender the footage by next Wednesday, Dec. 12. Walker said he would make a decision as to whether Cozart violated his probation the following Monday, one day before the rapper makes his debut on a national label with his CD "Finally Rich."

Cozart came under fire in September for joking on Twitter about the shooting death of an 18-year-old rival rapper, Joseph "Lil JoJo" Coleman. He later claimed his Twitter account was hacked.

Police have been looking into whether Chief Keef or anyone he knows had anything to do with Coleman's death.

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