Rapper Kevin Gates is seeking to have the terms of his probation loosened, according to recently filed court documents.
Gates, real name Kevin Gilyard, was freed from an Illinois penitentiary in January, after serving nine months of a 30-month sentence for felony gun possession relating to an outstanding 2013 warrant.
Now the rapper is seeking a restraining order against John R. Baldwin, the Director of the Illinois Department of Corrections, as well as Ned Shwartz, who is a parole officer for the Illinois Department of Corrections.
Gates is suing because his requests to travel over the next several months has denied, even though he has complied with all of the terms of his probation and has been allowed to travel on two different occasions.
He is no longer under house arrest, he doesn’t have to wear an ankle monitor and the rapper has completed anger management courses in Cook County, Illinois, where he is completing the sentence.
The denial to travel could have a serious impact on Kevin Gates’ earnings, as well as his family life. According to the filing, Shwartz’ refusal to grant the rap star permission to travel will impact several major concerts, including the JMBLYA Festival and Rolling Loud in May, the BET Awards in June and the Common Ground Festival in Michigan.
Gates, who was not a resident of Cook County, says the restrictions are interfering with him seeing his four children as well.
“The decision to deny the Plaintiff’s request is arbitrary and irrational since there is no rational relationship or a reasonable necessity by the Department to deny him permission to leave,” the lawsuit reads.
Kevin Gates is seeking a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction prohibiting his parole officer from denying him permission to leave so he can perform and see his children.