Tekashi's lawyer 6ix9ine has issued a statement affirming his client's innocence following the rapper's federal arrest on Sunday night and charges that could lead to possible life imprisonment. The rapper (real name Daniel Hernandez) has been charged with racketeering and gun possession and faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 32 years if convicted.
"Daniel Hernandez is completely innocent of all the charges brought against him," Hernandez's lawyer, Lance Lazzaro, wrote in a statement Wednesday. "An artist who plays a" gangster image "to promote his music does not make him a member of a company."
Many of the charges against Hernandez are focused on his involvement with the Nine Trey Bloods, an allegedly violent New York gang. According to Lazzaro's arguments at Hernandez's arraignment on Monday night, Hernandez was not a member of the gang, but he had met with gang members at a concert in 2017 and hired them as managers and security. Four other associates of Hernandez, all alleged members of the gang, were arrested on Sunday night and Monday morning in connection with the same extortion charges.
"Mr. Hernandez became a victim of this company and later took measures dismissing employees and publicly denounced this company through a morning program," continues Lazzaro's statement Last week, Hernandez went to Instagram to cancel his next He toured and announced that he had fired his "complete team" after claiming that he had been robbed, then appeared in The Breakfast Club of the New York Power 105 radio station to explain his decision, and publicly distanced himself from the men with those who would be accused days later.
"Then threats were made against his life, which caused this case to be presented immediately," concludes Lazzaro's statement.
After his statements, which distanced himself from his former manager and the security details, a federal telephone intervention detected threats against Hernandez's life, including a promise to "rape him." Hernandez was placed in protective custody on Saturday night, which he later rejected. After he planned to travel to Connecticut to visit a casino, Hernandez and others were arrested.