Big Freedia ordered to halfway house after failing drug test_lowres


A federal judge has ordered New Orleans bounce artist and reality TV star Big Freedia to stay at a  halfway house and to suspend all upcoming shows and tours unless approved by the court.  Freedia - who pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in March to using Section 8 housing vouchers despite earning an income that disqualified the artist from receiving them - was ordered by the court to "immediately" submit to substance abuse testing in April. 

According to the U.S. Attorney's office, Freedia tested positive for marijuana and methamphetamine. Freedia also will "undergo further substance abuse evaluation" while staying at a Volunteers of America halfway house.

Last month, according to court records, Freedia requested to pay restitution to the court treasury, in advance of Freedia's sentencing in August. The June 9 order reads, "The Court has not yet imposed an order of restitution or made any findings regarding any restitution that may be owed. Accordingly, the Court makes no finding that any amount deposited into the treasury of the Court will satisfy any potential order of restitution." Freedia's sentencing hearing is set for Aug. 11, when Freedia faces a maximum of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.