Rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine isn’t an actual gangsta — he simply performs one on TV.
On Wednesday, attorneys for the “Oof” rapper, actual title Daniel Hernandez, who has been in a Brooklyn federal lockup since brokers busted him Sunday on suspicion the star is a member of a harmful Bloods sect, insisted that he’s simply pretending to be a banger.
The feds say he and 5 others, together with his former supervisor Kifano “Shotti” Jordan, offered medicine, robbed and shot folks in an effort to strengthen their 9 Trey Gangsta Bloods.
However the rapper’s lawyer Lance Lazzaro mentioned in a ready assertion he “is totally harmless” including, “An entertainer who portrays a ‘gangster picture’ to advertise his music doesn’t make him a member of an enterprise.”
On Monday, the lawyer argued for bail on related grounds, saying that Hernandez solely met his alleged co-conspirators a 12 months earlier once they got here to considered one of his reveals and he provided them jobs, together with as safety and in administration.
Lazzaro additionally argued that Tekashi, 22, was peripheral to most of the acts of violence the feds charged him with, together with an April 2018 theft the place he waited within the automotive.
However the feds mentioned Tekashi helped plan the theft — after which benefited from a number of the proceeds. Additionally they mentioned the rapper and Jordan directed different members of 9 Trey to shoot somebody they felt had disrespected them, leading to an harmless bystander getting shot.
Tekashi was denied bail.
He and his co-defendants can be arraigned this Monday earlier than Manhattan federal Decide Paul Engelmayer. He plans to plead not responsible at the moment, Lazzaro mentioned.
The lawyer may make one other bail software for Hernandez at the moment, he mentioned.