Lil Tjay’s attorney claims the gun arrest stemmed from an illegal search

Lil Tjay’s lawyer believes the rapper’s latest arrest for weapons possession is due to an illegal police search.

According to TMZTjay’s attorney, Dawn Florio, argued that her client was merely a passenger in the car that was stopped, and it was parked legally on the street.

The 21-year-old was on his way to shoot a music video with Ice Spice for their “Gangsta Boo” collaboration in New York City when he was arrested.

Florio added that when police stopped the vehicle, they did not give a credible reason why they conducted a search, and the gun they discovered did not belong to her client. She also believes the NYPD charged the Bronx rapper after he posted about the video recording on social media.

Lil Tjay remains in jail following his Jan. 16 arrest and has been charged with criminal possession of a weapon. He is currently awaiting arraignment.

Footage of the arrest that surfaced online shows a handcuffed Tjay being escorted into the back of a police cruiser while off-camera people ask the rapper if he was okay.

The arrest comes months after Lil Tjay suffered multiple gunshot wounds during a shooting outside a Chipotle in Edgewater, New Jersey, in June 2022.

The “Calling My Phone” hitmaker was rushed into emergency surgerywhere he was reported to have been unconscious and breathing through a tube for a few days.

Thankfully, Tjay was able to make a full recovery and took to social media last August to say that while things were “tough,” he would come back and be “stronger than ever.”

“Hey what’s up?” he said in a video while wearing a neck brace. “I’m just checking in with you guys. I just want to say thank you for the love, thank you for the support. I’ve been looking at the DMs, seeing the comments and everything and I’m feeling the love.”

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Tjay continued: “Seven shots it was tough, you know most people don’t survive it but I’m here. Here for a reason and new music coming soon, we’ll come back stronger than ever. Love you all.”

The BX native dropped his comeback single, “Beat The Odds,” two days later, where he thanked his fans for their continued love and support. He also released a remix to 50 Cent’s “Many Men”, addressed the near-fatal shooting and issued a warning to the gunman.

Then in September, Lil Tjay did his triumphant return to the stage at Rolling Loud New Yorkwhere he delivered a set of 13 songs.

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