Rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine had to be moved from a federal prison in Brooklyn on Wednesday night amid threats to his life, the New York Post has learned.
The rapper, whose real name is Daniel Hernandez, was removed from the Metropolitan Detention Center in Sunset Park, New York, where he was placed after his arrest on Sunday despite concerns that it was a target of gang members who wanted to "rape" him. .
Hernandez's lawyer, Lance Lazzaro, said he did not know where his client had been taken, except that he was removed from the custody of the Bureau of Prisons on Wednesday night.
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One possibility is that Hernandez, 22, is in protective custody of ICE, whose National Security Investigation unit arrested him, along with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
HSI did not immediately return a request for comment. The Federal Bureau of Prisons also did not return a request for comment, but its website says that Oof The rapper was "released" on November 21.
The rainbow haired rapper was arrested along with five others, including his former manager Kifano "Shotti" Jordan, and charged with racketeering and illegal weapons.
Prosecutors say the men sold drugs and shot people as members of the Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods of Brooklyn and Manhattan.
But Hernandez also had a public discussion with his alleged gang members at the time of his arrest, prompting the dismissal of Jordan and other members of his gang of rappers.
The feds told a judge on Monday that they heard unidentified members of the alleged conspiracy in court-ordered wiretaps saying they wanted to "super-rape" Hernandez by firing them.
In gangs, "raping" someone means hurting them, even shooting, prosecutors have said.
Being removed from federal custody is unusual, even when inmates are the target of threats.
Former prisoners who were removed from the custody of the Bureau of Prisons include Reza Zarrab, who was abruptly "freed" from the Manhattan federal prison and placed in FBI custody after agreeing to cooperate with the feds in a high-level case of money laundering.
Mr. Lazzaro did not respond to a request for comment on whether Hernandez has made a deal to sing to the feds about the supposed gang activity of his friends.
Before being removed from the custody of the Federal Bureau of Prisons, the Brooklyn resident was subject to a "separation order" while in prison, his lawyer said.
Such orders are implemented to keep certain prisoners separated from each other, either for security reasons or for fear of conspiring in jail, said Larry Levine, director and founder of Wall Street Prison Consultants.
But they are not infallible.
"He had a separation order and we were going to the religious services and we were escaping from the cracks," he said about his stay in a federal prison in Los Angeles.
This story first appeared in the New York Post and has been republished here with permission..