Posted: Mar 5, 2014 1:46 PM by Russell Jones
Updated: Mar 5, 2014 1:46 PM
BATON ROUGE - A record label and the Department of Corrections are clashing over a scheduled public appearance by Torrence Hatch, the Baton Rouge rapper known as Lil Boosie.
Atlantic Records and Trill Entertainment sent out an invitation to the media saying Hatch, who's serving time at Angola for a drug conviction, is scheduled to make his first public appearance on March 10 in New Orleans. The event, "Boosie Speaks", is scheduled to take place at the W Hotel on Poydras.
However, the Department of Corrections' automated system says Hatch isn't scheduled for release until May 20, and that date hasn't changed in the past several weeks. Spokesperson Pam Laborde previously told News 2 that they refer all questions as to Hatch's release to the automated system, which sometimes takes 24 hours to update.
Ashley Kalmanowitz, a representative for Atlantic Records, told News 2 Boosie would be released from jail in time to appear in person at the event.
Hatch was sentenced to eight years in prison after pleading guilty to drug charges in 2011. A jury acquitted him of accusations he paid Mike Louding to kill several people, though Louding was later convicted of the murders.