Lil Tjay has been arrested for reckless endangerment, capturing the whole process on Instagram Live for all of his fans to see.
According to the rapper’s lawyer Dawn Florio (via TMZ), the incident went down in New York on Tuesday afternoon (June 6) when Tjay was shooting a short clip for a music video. Apparently cops arrived on the scene in Manhattan and hauled him off to jail.
While it’s unclear exactly what prompted the arrest, Florio made it clear that it was not for gun possession.
“Nah. Do not touch me, bro,” Lil Tjay is seen telling officers on IG Live while standing next to his car. “What am I under arrest for?”
One of the officers then tells the Bronx native to turn around, but he refused. “No, n-gga,” Tjay responded. “No, bro. Hell no. What’s in the car? I don’t know what’s in the car. Don’t touch me. There’s no firearm in the car.”
He was then restrained by multiple officers, handcuffed and taken off. You can check out his IG Live video of the whole incident below.
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The run-in arrives just days after Lil Tjay got into a scuffle backstage at Hot 97’s Summer Jam. A video surfaced online of the “Leaked” rapper being held back by security inside the UBS Arena in Elmont, New York while shouting at someone further down the hallway.
“You’re gonna be fired!” Tjay can be heard yelling while looking visibly upset and trying to confront the unnamed individual.
At the end of the clip, the person holding the camera said: “N-gga popped on Lil Tjay, bro.” It’s currently unknown who Tjay was directing his anger toward.
This isn’t Tjay’s first brush with the law. Just last month, he was forced to turn himself in for a previous gun charge – that, according to his lawyer Dawn Florio, was acquired when cops found guns in his car when he was the victim of a shooting last year.
And back in January, Florio claimed Lil Tjay was merely a passenger in the car that was pulled over and it was parked legally when he was arrested.
Florio added that once police stopped the vehicle, they did not offer a credible reason as to why they carried out a search and the gun they discovered does not belong to her client. She also believes the NYPD targeted the Bronx rapper after he posted about a video shoot on social media.
The 21-year-old was en route to shoot a music video with Ice Spice for their “Gangsta Boo” collaboration at the time.