Foxy Brown asks for release from jail

January 16, 2008 7:00:53 PM PST
Foxy Brown is asking to be released from jail so she can go to California for hearing tests and repair of a cochlear implant. Brown's hearing problems were revealed during a court appearance in late 2004. Her petition, filed Tuesday in Manhattan's state Supreme Court, says her condition is worsening in jail and she needs to go to a Los Angeles clinic to "have her cochlear implant reprogrammed and repaired or else face imminent harm to her hearing."

The 28-year-old rapper's lawyer was out of her office and not immediately available for comment Wednesday.

Brown was sentenced in September to a year in jail for violating probation.

A judge put her on probation after she pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault of two manicurists at a Manhattan nail salon in August 2004.

Brown, whose real name is Inga Marchand, had two ear surgeries in New York and both failed, according to court papers.

"Ms. Marchand does not want to risk such a sensitive and complicated process to centers that have failed her in the past," the petition says.

Arguments on her request would likely be heard by the Manhattan criminal court judge who sentenced her. No date was immediately set.