During a hearing in Manhattan Federal Court on Tuesday (November 20), prosecutors released over a dozen images of Tekashi 6ix9ine in his racketeering and weapons case. According to PIX 11 News, a judge declared the polarizing rapper is “a likely danger to the community.”
Consequently, 6ix9ine was denied bail on Monday (November 19) after a prosecutor determined there was enough evidence to show he directed or participated in multiple acts of violence as an alleged member of the Nine Trey Bloods gang.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Henry B. Pitman cited “troubling” corroborating evidence offered by a prosecutor that show 6ix9ine directed or participated in multiple acts of violence over the last eight months. Meanwhile, Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Longyear said during a raid of 6ix9ine’s Brooklyn residence, authorities discovered a backpack stolen during a gunpoint robbery in April, along with an automatic pistol.
Longyear also said 6ix9ine was captured on surveillance video as he sat in a car and filmed the scene in Times Square as his co-defendants —Kifano “Shotti” Jordan, Jensel “Ish” Butler, Fuguan “Fu Banga” Lovick and Faheem “Crippy” Walter — carried out a violent robbery against a rival gang member.
The prosecutor said he was then caught on film bragging about the April shooting inside Brooklyn’s Barclays Center. Lovick has since been identified as the triggerman.
As prosecutors continue to mount evidence against him, 6ix9ine is awaiting another hearing from his cell at Brooklyn’s Metropolitan Detention Center, an institution the U.S. Department of Justice describes as “extremely violent.”
In a statement to Rolling Stone, 6ix9ine’s attorney Lance Lazzaro says 6ix9ine’s behavior is all an act.
“Daniel Hernandez [6ix9ine] is completely innocent of all charges being brought against him,” Lazzaro wrote on Wednesday (Novemember 21). “An entertainer who portrays a ‘gangster image’ to promote his music does not make him a member of an enterprise.
“Mr. Hernandez became a victim of this enterprise and later took steps by firing employees and publicly denounced this enterprise through a morning show [The Breakfast Club]. Threats were then made against his life which resulted in this case being brought immediately.”
6ix9ine was taken into custody on Saturday night (November 17). He and his former crew members are facing 17 different counts. Three of those counts carry a maximum sentence of life in prison.
According to TMZ, 6ixine’s bail hearing — which was scheduled for Wednesday (November 21) — has been postponed.
View the prosecutors’ photos here, which includes one taken from DJ Akademiks’ Instagram feed.