UPDATED 9/9, 4:05 p.m. ET: YNW Melly’s request for a medical furlough was denied even though the rapper is allegedly suffering from an abscess in his jaw. 

“Defense motion for furlough for dental care is hereby denied. For reasons as stated on the record in open court,” court docs obtained by Complex read.

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YNW Melly has requested a medical furlough due to an abscess in his lower jaw.

Court documents obtained by Complex reveal how the rapper got the infection. According to his attorney Raven Liberty, Melly’s diamond dental crowns are the culprit. Apparently, the crowns “require constant upkeep and at the bare minimum regular flossing and brushing.”

However, Melly isn’t permitted to have dental floss, a standard toothbrush, or regular visits to a dentist. While he has gone to the prison’s facility, the medical professionals there don’t have the proper tools to clean or treat Melly’s infection. “As a result, he has an abscess in his lower jaw that is creating extreme pain and chronic infection.”

His lawyer is asking that Melly be allowed to seek dental care so the infection doesn’t worsen. He apparently has private insurance and the funds to pay for any expenses surrounding the furlough, like transportation and dental appointments. Melly’s legal team has already contacted a dentist willing to help him. It’s now up to the court to decide if they will grant the request.

The 23-year-old has been incarcerated since February 2019 on double homicide charges as he awaits trial. In early July, a judge threw out the death penalty as a possible sentence for Melly. “I’m literally crying real tears,” his mother Jamie Demons-King wrote on Instagram. “You coming home son.”

Find out more about Melly’s story on Ace Hood’s podcast Infamous: The Story of YNW Melly.