Rapper Casanova gets in trouble in New York jail for participating in a TikTok challenge

Christopher J. Eberhart and Mark Lungariello, Rockland/Westchester Journal News
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In this Aug. 1, 2019 file photo, Casanova attends the world premiere of Amazon Prime Video's "Free Meek" limited documentary series in New York.
In this Aug. 1, 2019 file photo, Casanova attends the world premiere of Amazon Prime Video's "Free Meek" limited documentary series in New York.

Rapper Casanova, whose legal name is Caswell Senior, was slapped with internal departmental charges after a woman recorded him accepting the viral TikTok #junebugchallenge during a video visitation, The Journal News/lohud.com reported.

The purpose of the #junebugchallenge is to dance in the strangest locations one can think of, but a New York jail might not have been the best choice as an inmate.

In the short clip which was posted to Casanova's Instagram page, the rapper can be seen doing the dance in a jail cell. Pictures were also posted to the Instagram page.

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Recording videos and taking pictures during a video visitation is prohibited by the Westchester County Department of Correction.

Westchester County Department of Correction revoked Casanova and the woman's video visitation privileges, Westchester Correction Commissioner Joseph Spano said. Casanova faces another internal charge for not wearing a mask.

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"I'm happy to say we don't have a lot of issues with video visits because inmates know it's a privilege, not a right," Spano said.

Casanova is in federal custody as part of an racketeering case against 18 alleged members of the "Untouchable Gorilla Stone Nation" gang and is being held in Westchester County Jail in Valhalla, N.Y.

The gang is charged with a litany of crimes, including the killing in September of a 15-year-old in Poughkeepsie and defrauding programs meant for people suffering economic hardship because of the pandemic.

Casanova, currently signed to Roc Nation, was charged with conspiracy to commit racketeering, conspiracy to distribute controlled substances and firearms possession. He is not charged with killing the child.

Raised in the Flatbush section of Brooklyn, Casanova is known for hits like "Don’t Run" and, more recently, "Set Trippin."

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Contributing: Associated Press

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