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Tekashi 6ix9ine's lawyer claimed that his client was 'completely innocent' of federal racketeering and firearms charges as Nicki Minaj took to her social media to lend her support to the embattled rapper.
On Wednesday, defense attorney Lance Lazzaro said in a statement that his client was 'completely innocent of all charges.'
Entertainer - Image - Music - Member - Enterprise
'An entertainer who portrays a 'gangster image' to promote his music does not make him a member of an enterprise,' Lazzaro said of the 22-year-old, whose real name is Daniel Hernandez.
'Mr. Hernandez became a victim of this enterprise and later took steps by firing employees and publicly denounced this enterprise through a morning show. Threats were then made against his life which resulted in this case being brought immediately,' he added.
Statement - Nicki - Minaj - Instagram - Words
Soon after the statement, Nicki Minaj took to her Instagram to offer her own words for 'Danny.'
'For reasons beyond music, the record company will hold off on putting his project out for now,' she said. 'Danny, I love you and am praying for you, your Mother, daughter & her Mom during this time.'
Track - Number - Billboard - Hot
The two have song 'FeFe' out together and the track wound up being 6ix9ine's highest-charting single, coming in at number three on the Billboard Hot 100.
6ix9ine is among five people indicted this week on charges that he directed or participated in violent acts as part of a deadly gang known as the 9 Trey Bloods.
Indictment - Episodes - July - Shooting - Bystander
The indictment alleges that the violent episodes involving 6ix9ine included the July shooting of a bystander in Brooklyn and the gunpoint robbery of one of the gang's rivals last spring.
6ix9ine was held without bail after an initial appearance before a Manhattan federal magistrate judge Monday.
Monday - Hearing - Assistant - US - Attorney
At Monday's hearing, Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Longyear said the rapper did not renounce his membership in the gang on the radio show last week.
He said 6ix9ine...
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