Tekashi 6ix9ine, the controversial rainbow-haired rapper who was recently collaborating on a music video with Kanye West and Nicki Minaj, is in federal custody after being arrested Sunday night with three others on racketeering and firearms charges,TMZ is reporting.
The Brooklyn-born rapper, his recently fired manager and two other former associates were arrested in New York by ATF agents. The bust was the result of a joint investigation by ATF, the New York City Police Department and Homeland Security,TMZ said.
Tekashi’s arrest comes as he was set to release his debut album, “Dummy Boy,” this week, according to Vulture.
Prosecutors, in a recent memo for an unrelated sex-crimes case, accused Tekashi of being part of a “criminal enterprise,” specifically the gang 9 Trey Bloods, the Daily Beast reported.
The other suspects arrested Sunday night include include Tekashi’s ex-manager Shottie, whose real name is Kifano Jordan, TMZ said.
The 22-year-old Tekashi, whose real name is Daniel Hernandez, fired Shottie and others on his management team last week, complaining on Instagram that they were booking him for shows without his knowledge, according to Rolling Stone.
In the video post, captioned “WATCH IT ALL CRUMBLE,” Tekashi also told his 15 million Instagram followers that he had canceled his tour, including dates for his U.S. performances.
Another person arrested Sunday night is Faheem Walter (aka Crippy), who was shot a few weeks ago during an altercation with the head of Tekashi’s record label, according to TMZ.
Tekashi has spent much of his short rise to music and social media fame dealing with various legal issues and run-ins with law enforcement. The “Gotti” singer already was in a precarious situation due to a 2015 case in which he pleaded guilty to “the use of a child in a sexual performance.”
The case involved Tekashi creating three sexually explicit videos of a 13-year-old girl that involved fondling her breast, smacking her buttocks and watching two other men penetrate her orally and vaginally, the Daily Beast reported.
Tekashi was able to avoid jail time because he was deemed “a youthful offender,” though he was 18 at the time of the incident, according to the Daily Beast. He also had claimed that he didn’t know the girl was underage when they shot the video.
Last month, Tekashi was given four additional years of probation for the case, along with 1,000 hours of community service, Rolling Stone said. He also was told to stay out of trouble and avoid additional arrests — or risk prison time.
Given the conditions of his probation, TMZ said that Tekashi almost certainly faces prison time now — at least for the 2015 sex crimes case.
But now there are federal charges, the nature of which have not yet been disclosed, Rolling Stone said. Tekashi will be arraigned Monday in a Manhattan court.
Tekashi was in the news last week, ducking bullets fired at a rented Beverly Hills mansion where he and West were filming a music video together.
Police described the incident as a drive-by shooting. Minaj, Tekashi’s “FEFE” collaborator, also was supposed to be at the mansion but hadn’t arrived by the time the shooting occurred. No one was injured in the attack, and work on the video was immediately suspended.
Tekashi’s last stint behind bars, in July, was pretty scary for him. He was arrested by NYPD for an outstanding warrant for a misdemeanor assault out of Houston.
Tekashi was housed in a special unit at Rikers Island, used for inmates battling contagious illnesses or high-profile prisoners in need of special protection, TMZ reported. He claimed that, while in central booking, members of the notorious Trinitarios gang called him a “b—” and vowed “to cut him,” according to the New York Daily News.
Tekashi cowered in fear during the verbal onslaught, a source told the Daily News. The threats apparently gave Tekashi grounds for a temporary reprieve from custody, with a Manhattan judge allowing him to be released on $150,000 bail.
This story is developing.
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