Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood personality Jamal “Mally Mall” Rashid is headed to prison for owning and operating a prostitution ring disguised as an escort business.
On Thursday, a federal judge in Las Vegas sentenced the music producer and reality star to 33 months in prison. Rashid, 45, apologized to U.S. District Judge Gloria Navarro and said he left his life of crime behind in 2014.
“I respectfully ask you to accept the fact that since 2014, I have not engaged in any criminal activity,” Rashid said, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal. “I truly apologize to the court, the government and, most importantly, the women involved.”
Prosecutors said Rashid operated several escort businesses for 12 years that served as fronts for prostitution. His lawyers David Chesnoff and Richard Schonfeld said he “accepted full responsibility for his conduct that occurred almost a decade ago.”
Authorities said the music producer made millions of dollars off of prostitution and used the internet to advertise the services.
The women who worked for him were listed under different categories — “independent contractors” who gave his business half of what they earned and “priority girls” who turned over most of the money they made to Rashid, according to court documents.
The “priority girls” earned $1,000 to $10,000 a day, but were only allowed to keep $100, the Review-Journal said state records show. In exchange, Rashid provided housing for the women and the use of a high-end vehicle. The women were reportedly required to text him when they went anywhere, and they were not allowed to date.
The rapper and record producer appeared on season one of Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood in 2014. He was known for working with hip-hop artists, including Tyga, Snoop Dogg, Chris Brown, Justin Bieber and Drake, and he produced the Tyga song “Molly.”
The FBI began investigating him in 2014 and found that he “persuaded, induced, enticed and caused” hundreds of women to engage in prostitution across state lines.
Mally Mall has until 2 p.m. on Aug. 13 to surrender.