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Felicia ‘Snoop’ Pearson Denied Bail In Drug Bust Because Actresses Like Her Know How To Change Looks

Felicia “Snoop” Pearson, the lesbian star of HBO’s The Wire, which cast her after another actor on the show met her at a club and invited her to the set, may never escape her past in Baltimore’s drug game. Picked up as part of a 63-person sweep there, Pearson was slapped with heroin-related and aiding/abetting charges. And in her first court appearance, her star turn was the center of attention: Pearson was denied bail the a judge because, as an actress, she supposedly knows how to change her looks if she wanted to flee.

The Baltimore Sun relays the made-for-television drama.

Here’s one exchanged with Judge John Addison Howard, after a prosecutor accused her of helping to bankroll the suspected drug organization (photo of Pearson at left is by The Sun’s Kim Hairston).

“I have no money,” she told Judge John Addison Howard. “Check my bank account. I have no money.”

When the prosecutor argued that Pearson travels frequently for her job, the 30-year-old actress angrily shot back, “How can I go anywhere? Everybody knows my name.”

Howard answered that is the precise reason for holding her without bail. “You are a good actress. … Everybody knows your name. People change names. They also can …”

Pearson interrupted: “I can’t change my face.”

“Well, you can change your appearance,” the judge responded. “I’ve seen the episodes of The Wire in which you appear. You look very different than you do here today, and I’m not talking about the jumpsuit, I’m talking about your general appearance.”

You work so hard to catch a break in Hollywood, and then you can’t catch a break in the real world. Shouldn’t the decision about bail be made based on Pearson’s priors? Like that second-degree murder conviction at age 14?

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  • LookingAround

    An awful lot of gay and lesbian criminal news, lately, it seems..?

  • MC

    Really? This screams racism/homophobia. How many (white, straight) actors have been let out on bail? I mean Lindsay Lohan can walk around without a care in the world but a black lesbian with no money in her bank account is a flight risk?!

  • Geoff B

    Wouldn’t a conviction at 14 be sealed? Unless she was tried as an adult. I watch a lot of law and order.

  • ousslander

    she sounds like a real winner and someone gays should look up too. How many lucky breaks to people like her and lohan get? garbage

  • Shannon

    YET Lohan ( a drug addict…thief….liar) gets chance after chance…Spears ( drug addict…~CRAZY~…get chance after chance…Sheen ( do I need to go there??)) gets chance after chance…….but you know what? Karma is a bitch…it will come back to those doing this unfair s—

  • tjr101

    The justice system in America is such a farce!

  • The Questioner


    Did you really just compare a broke Black butch lesbian to Lindsay Lohan? Do you even get how insensitive and asinine your dismissive comparison is?

    I’d like to pretend I’m shocked at the amount of racism, misogyny, and classism I regularly see in Queerty’s comment section, but I just ain’t. Are dykes of color part of this damn community or not?

  • ousslander

    how is it dismissive? True Lohan and the rest ae well known and asre more famous and fame does have it’s benefits. Snoop alreadyhas drug convitstions and has served time, so that sdould ot be takennto cnsideration beause that’s raist an homophobi.

    A for brie, shewent crazy.She did’t sell drugs. Same with Shee, has he been cauht selling drgs breaeing the law?

    If he was I say lock hm up too.

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