Big Freedia Is Apparently Charged With Theft Of Government Funds

The unparalleled Queen of Bounce Big Freedia has recently run into some legal troubles:  Between the years of 2010 and 2014, Freedia’s income no longer matched her income claims for housing vouchers, leading to government theft charges by the U.S. Attorney’s office of New Orleans.

In a recent statement Freedia addressed the issue transparently and apologetically, saying:

“This is an incredibly unfortunate situation. I was on subsidized housing for many years before my financial situation changed. I quickly found myself in a new economic structure and, frankly, knew little about how to handle my money. It wasn’t until recently (after I had stopped receiving housing vouchers) that it became very clear I had received assistance to which I wasn’t entitled. It was an oversight—but one that I take full responsibility for. From the moment I was contacted by Government agents, I have fully cooperated and have already begun making arrangements to  pay full restitution (of approximately $34,000).

Housing vouchers are a vital lifeline for many people I know in New Orleans and around the country, including struggling artists. I truly believe there needs to be more programs for artists and musicians to teach basic financial literacy and planning.  Coming from where I came from, I know that I could have used that kind of assistance. I’m exploring ways to be a part of the solution in this area and am looking forward to putting this matter behind me.”

Luckily for fans of Big Freedia everywhere, it sounds like she’s dealing with the issue gracefully, and we can still tune into her renewed season of Big Freedia: Queen of Bounce on Fuse.

(Pitchfork)