Instagram Star and big boy, Huspuppi has been denied bail, Ghbase.com has learned in his ongoing trial in the USA for several charges although his lawyer, Gal Pissetzky insisting that, he’s a social media influencer who earned his money by promoting brands.
His lawyer had applied for him to leave jail with an electronic tag and go live with the uncle of a woman he has a child with but that was denied as US prosecutors made ensure, the judge didn’t approve it as they argued that he could pose too much of a flight risk and could commit more crimes with just a smartphone and internet connection
According to The National, a Dubai news website, his lawyer told a judge in Chigaco via videolink, that, his client had too much to lose to flee the country and that he’s popular so anywhere he goes, people would know.
“He is loved and respected. He is a celebrity,” he told a judge in Chicago by videolink.
“I don’t see the reason why he would want to ruin his credibility in the world and his status rather than stay here and face this allegation.
“Anywhere he goes, people will know.”
Having grown up very poor in Nigeria, Mr Abbas is now paid to pose with high-priced items such as Louis Vuitton bags that people would buy after seeing his posts on Instagram, Mr Pissetzky said.
“He is an influencer,” he said. “That’s a job today, as much as it is hard to imagine. That’s a full-time job.”
Judge Jeffrey Gilbert who watched the proceedings from a prison video link, denied Hushpuppi bail on grounds of him being a flight risk on Thursday.
Gilbert ordered that the suspected Nigerian fraudster be remanded in custody until he is taken to a court in California.