Tekashi69 isn’t happy with his current predicament, as he undergoes a federal indictment. The controversial rapper limped into a Manhattan courtroom on Monday, and pleaded not guilty to gang racketeering and firearms charges.
Tekashi69 looked depressed as he limped into the courtroom wearing his colorful signature braids, navy prison scrubs and shackles at his hands and ankles, Page Six reports.
6ix9ine’s attorney, Lance Lazzaro, denied a jail attack was the cause of the rapper’s limp.
“He has not been attacked in jail,” Lazzaro said, blaming 6ix9ine’s limp on the cuffs around his ankles.
6ix9ine was seated in the jury box in front of his three co-defendants. He reportedly didn’t once turn around to look at them. Instead, he stared into space and looked up at the ceiling.
The courtroom – filled with relatives – reportedly erupted into laughter as Assistant US Attorney Michael Longyear read the charges against Tekashi69 and members of Treyway.
Longyear said there is surveillance video that links 6ix9ine to an April 21 shooting at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, where the “Gummo” rapper was scheduled to perform an entrance song for one of the boxers on the evening’s card.
“Who sang the intro song?” Judge Paul Engelmayer asked, prompting the laughs in the courtroom.
Bail was not addressed during the 22-year-old rap star’s hearing. 6ix9ine’s trial is scheduled to start Sept. 4, 2019.
Tekashi69 was denied bail last week when he offered to pay $750,000, surrender his passport and remain on house arrest.
Tekashi69 is accused of being a part of a criminal organization that dealt drugs and ordered shootings of rival gang members.
6ix9ine, whose real name is Daniel Hernandez, is facing racketeering and firearms charges along with five others. If convicted, the minimum sentence he faces is 32 years in prison, the New York Daily News reports.
FBI warned Tekashi about death threats from two of the men also charged in the conspiracy.
Tekashi69 was recently transferred to a new jail due to threats from his co-defendants last week. Lazzaro told the Post Tekashi’s in a “facility in Queens.”
“He was moved because of his co-defendants’ threats,” Lazzaro said. “He is pretty good but he’s not happy.”
Lazarro’s co-counsel, Dawn Florio, added, “He’s safe but he’s not happy to be in jail.”
The government considers Tekashi dangerous.
“The defendant is quite violent,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Longyear said. “This defendant participated in multiple acts of violence.”
The feds list Tekashi in a 17-count indictment for gang conspiracy that includes his ex-manager, Kifano (Shotti) Jordan, Jensel (Ish) Butler, Faheem (Crippy) Walter and Fuguan (Fu Banga) Lovick and Jamel (Mel Murda) Jones.
They were reportedly nabbed in a joint investigation by the NYPD, Homeland Security Investigations and ATD.
The 9 Trey Bloods are accused of committing many crimes to maintain the gang’s “power, territory and profits.”
Members of Nine Trey sold heroin, fentanyl, MDMA and weed in Manhattan, Brooklyn and the Bronx, prosecutors say.
The indictment lists several alleged instances of violence involving Tekashi and his fellow accused gang members:
“On April 3, Tekashi, Jordan, Butler and Walter robbed rival gang members at gunpoint at 40th St. and 8th Ave., according to the indictment. On April 21, Lovick fired one shot inside the Barclays Center, according to the indictment.
Manhattan prosecutors have said the incident during a boxing match at the arena stemmed from Tekashi’s beef with the rapper Cassanova. On July 16, Tekashi, Jordan, Butler and Walter conspired to kill “an individual who had shown disrespect to Nine Trey,” according to the indictment. The plan didn’t work and an innocent bystander was shot at Fulton St. and Utica Ave., authorities said.”