Tekashi 6ix9ine has reportedly filed legal documents asking a judge to bar prosecutors from calling him “Tekashi 6ix9ine” during trial. According to TMZ, he’s asked prosecutors to refer to him either as “defendant,” “accused” or by his legal name, Daniel Hernandez.
He believes using his rap moniker in a trial would only serve the purpose of putting “derogatory and satirically unflattering labels” on him.
The polarizing platinum-selling rapper is expected in a Houston court for allegedly choking a 16-year-old at the Galleria Mall in January.
His arraignment has reportedly been postponed until September.
6ix9ine is facing other legal woes as well. He faces up to three years in prison for violating a plea deal stemming from a child sex crime case. In 2015, he pled guilty to the use of a child in a sexual performance and in exchange for a guilty plea. sentencing was deferred for two years.
“Defendant has had over two years to demonstrate to this Court that the role he played in the sexual exploitation of a thirteen-year-old child was an aberration in his otherwise law-abiding life,” a letter from Manhattan’s D.A. Office reads. “He has failed to do so.”
The rainbow-loving rapper was also arrested for driving on a suspended license and accused of assaulting a police officer in May. Charges in the assault case were reduced to a misdemeanor.