As we previously reported, Tekashi 6ix9ine (Daniel Hernandez) was arrested on federal crime charges this past weekend, and he’s currently facing a minimum sentence of 32 years in prison and a maximum of life, according to the prosecuting US attorney at his arraignment on Monday.
Now, Tekashi 6ix9ine’s lawyer, Lance Lazzaro, believes the charges against his client will be dropped, and has released a statement assuring the rapper’s innocence, Rolling Stone reports.
“Daniel Hernandez is completely innocent of all charges being brought against him,” Lance Lazzaro wrote in a statement. “An entertainer who portrays a ‘gangster image’ to promote his music does not make him a member of an enterprise.”
Tekashi 6ix9ine was taken into custody this past Sunday for his alleged involvement with the Nine Trey Bloods and participation in armed robberies, multiple shootings and drug distribution. However, according to arguments from Lance Lazzaro at the rapper’s arraignment hearing on Monday, Tekashi 6ix9ine was not a member of the gang, but only met the members of the gang at a 2017 concert, and eventually hired them as management and security.
“Mr. Hernandez became a victim of this enterprise and later took steps by firing employees and publicly denounced this enterprise through a morning show,” Lazzaro’s statement continued. “Threats were then made against his life which resulted in this case being brought immediately.” The rapper appeared on New York’s radio station Power 105’s The Breakfast Club to explain his decision. Watch the full interview below.
For more on the story, head over to Rolling Stone.