Woman Who Rents Prop Guns for Music Videos Faces Prison Time for Toy Guns
A woman who makes a business renting out prop firearms so rappers can make music videos with them is facing 25 years in prison, because she is supposedly being charged as if every toy gun were real.
Queens Daily Eagle reports that NYPD raided the home of Elizaveta Zlatkis and seized her cache of firearms from her Forest Hills apartment in December 2019. Proud officers even posed for a photo showing off their haul and declared the streets safer.
One problem... 21 out of the 22 guns were glorified children's toys or starter pistols used at track meets.
The one real firearm wasn't operational because it was gutted -- its hand grip, trigger and internal components were removed.
Crucial, a Rosedale-based rapper, was dismayed by the news. "We do videos with [the guns] as props," he said. "I didn’t know you could actually get in trouble with all that. That’s wild. They’re fake."
Despite this, the 31-year-old woman was charged with first-degree criminal possession of a weapon -- felony charges -- and faces 25-years in prison. She faces additional charges, eight misdemeanors for endangering a child and for possessing ammunition.
A judge who presided over the first hearing even called the whole debacle absurd because "Not a single gun was real."
Despite the pushback, the Queens District Attorney has decided not to drop the charges against the Zlatkis.
"I look completely crazy," said Zltakis, who has refused to take a plea deal. "It’s humiliating." She says the case has made her life a living hell.