We’ve all heard the saying ‘there’s no such thing as bad press’ but that isn’t entirely true and R&B singer Ann Marie is learning that the hard way. The Chicago-based songstress has recently found herself in the headlines for all the wrong reasons after some legal troubles resulted in her being put behind bars. She is in jail now, but there is a chance that she could end up doing some serious prison time that could result in her career being totally derailed. Only time will tell if her arrest will have a permanent impact on her career, butt here are lots of people who are hoping that she’s able to bounce back from this with no problems. Keep reading to find out why Ann Marie is in jail.
Who Is Ann Marie?
Since this incident is the first time many people are hearing of Ann Marie, we thought it would be helpful to give you a little backstory on who she is. Born and raised in Chicago, her real name is Joann Marie Slater. Ann Marie is in her early 20s and has been pursuing her music career since 2017 when she released her debut mixtape, Unfuckwittable. Since then, she has released two other mixtapes and an EP. Her most successful single “Secret” ft. YK Osiris reached number 22 on the US R&B chart.
She hasn’t yet announced a potential release date for her debut album. Although she hasn’t yet become a household name, she has built a significant following on social media. She has over one million subscribers on YouTube and over a million followers on Instagram.
Why Is Ann Marie In Jail?
When news broke that Ann Marie had been arrested, lots of people were completely shocked. As more information about the incident began to circulate, that shock only grew stronger. According to People, Ann Marie was arrested and charged with “possession of a firearm during commission of a felony and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon”. The charges stemmed from an incident that took place at a hotel in Atlanta.
Reports from TMZ revealed that a shooting occurred in the room and a 24-year-old man named Jonathan Wright was shot in the head. When police arrived on the scene, Ann Marie was described as being “hysterical” and told officers that a gun fell off a table and accidentally discharged which resulted in Wright’s injury. Ann Marie placed a call to 911 to alert authorities that right was shot. Surprisingly, he was still conscious when first responders arrived on the scene.
Police noted that there was evidence that more than one bullet had been fired in the room, but we weren’t able to find any information on why police suspect that Ann Marie was the one who shot Wright. Ann Marie was taken to Fulton County Jail where she is currently being held.