R. Prophet talks about night he was arrested by KSP, appears in court


by Claudia Coffey


Posted on February 17, 2014 at 5:58 PM

Updated Tuesday, Feb 18 at 11:07 AM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- The rapper Kenneth Anthony, also known as R. Prophet, was back in a Hardin County courtroom Monday, Feb. 17, facing serious charges.

The charges stem from an incident with the Kentucky State Police during a traffic safety checkpoint on April 20, 2013. In court, R. Prophet and his attorney were arguing that records will reveal that state police crossed the line during his arrest.

R. Prophet is probably best known for being a former member of the hip-hop group Nappy Roots.

"Things are going to occur and I am gonna want to speak on them. We hope I can grow and become better from this situation," R Prophet said.

The case hasn't gone to trial yet. But at Monday’s hearing Prophet opened up about what he says really happened the night he was arrested and tased on April 20, 2013.

"Am I standing up against Kentucky state police? Yes," R. Prophet said.

Attorney Thomas Clay wants a judge to force the Kentucky State Police to hand over documents that reveal details and protocol of why troopers tased R. Prophet, according to Clay, more than 15 times.

"We are asking for any statements that were generated as a result of the sergeant’s investigation of the incident, that they be produced. That the sergeant’s investigative report be produced and the data that was forwarded to KSP headquarters be produced," Clay said.

R. Prophet said he was stripped, cuffed then tased multiple times. 

"I am sure there are several cases in the past that we have not heard of that were similar to this and maybe had to plea bargain to something they didn't do." R. Prophet said.

An attorney for Kentucky State Police would not comment on the case. No trial date has been set.