News

Wu-Tang Clan Affiliate Awarded $7M After Wrongful Conviction

Wrongfully accused of murder in 1996, former Wu-Tang Clan studio worker Grant Williams has been awarded $7 million after 23 years in prison.

Wu-Tang Clan affiliate and former studio worker Grant Williams won big after filing a lawsuit against New York City. After being wrongfully accused of murder and spending 23 years behind bars, on Monday, Williams was awarded $7 million, per The Associated Press.

At 51-years-old, Williams was granted parole in 2019 before having his wrongful conviction overturned last July. In 1996, he was accused of murdering 20-year-old Shdell Lewis outside of Stapleton Projects in Staten Island. According to NBC News, a single eyewitness of the murder cited Williams as the perpetrator, although Williams is 6’2 unlike the 5’5 shooter that was described.

With new evidence and six witnesses who claimed Williams was not the shooter, Williams’ case was overturned. Once cleared of charges, Williams sued New York City, with the comptroller’s office opting to settle out of court. New York state also settled a different claim with Williams for $5 million.

“This will assist him in going forward and trying to get back on his feet,” said Williams’ attorney, Irving Cohen.

“Glad it’s over now,” said Wu-Tang member Ghostface Killah to NBC News. “It’s like a ton of bricks just being lifted.”

“I used to tell everybody in prison I’m innocent,” Williams said outside the courthouse Ghostface Killah stood beside him. “They say, ‘Oh Williams, everybody says that.’ I said, ‘I’m telling you the truth. One day you’re gonna see me on the news and they’re gonna say that I was innocent,’ and today’s that day.”

Jaelani Turner-Williams

Jaelani Turner-Williams is a contributing news writer for Okayplayer with bylines at Billboard, MTV News, NYLON, Recording Academy and more. Read her mind on Twitter at @hernameisjae.

Share
Published by
Jaelani Turner-Williams

Recent Posts

This App Will Create Your Dream Festival Lineup Using Your Spotify Data

Designed by Anshay Saboo, third-party app Instafest allows users to create a dream festival lineup… Read More

November 28, 2022

Brittney Griner Reportedly Facing 16-Hour Work Days At Russian Labor Camp

WNBA player Brittney Griner has begun her nine-year sentence at IK-2 penal colony in Yavas… Read More

November 28, 2022

Best Hip-Hop Videos To Drop Last Week: Mike, Wiki, 38 Spesh, Harry Fraud, Meek Mill & More

Last week video releases from Mike, Wiki, 38 Spesh, Harry Fraud, and Meek Mill captured… Read More

November 28, 2022

The Hip-Hop Community Mourns the Death of Manager Jonathan ‘Hovain’ Hylton

Hip-hop manager Jonathan ‘Hovain’ Hylton died on Friday, sparking social media tributes from Curren$y, Lloyd… Read More

November 28, 2022

Will Smith On Moviegoers Who Refuse His Post-Oscars Comeback: “I Completely Understand”

While promoting Emancipation, Will Smith shared that he'll "completely understand" if fans don't accept him… Read More

November 28, 2022

Mixtape Monday: YL + Starker x Zoomo, SHIRT, Mike + Wiki x The Alchemist, Sadat X + More

YL, Starker & Zoomo, SHIRT, Mike, Wiki & The Alchemist, Sadat X and more this… Read More

November 28, 2022