Tekashi69: Video shows rapper 'being abducted at gunpoint' as Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods trial continues

Rapper has testified as a prosecution witness at the federal trial of two alleged gang members

Clémence Michallon
New York
Friday 20 September 2019 16:09
Footage of Tekashi69 'being abducted at gunpoint'

A video showing Tekashi 6ix9ine being allegedly abducted at gunpoint has surfaced amid his testimony in a case linked to the Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods gang.

The rapper has been testifying as a prosecution witness at the federal trial of two alleged members of the gang.

On Wednesday, he described for the jury in Manhattan his alleged abduction amid a dispute between warring factions of the crew.

6ix9ine, whose real name is Daniel Hernandez, said that defendant Anthony “Harv” Ellison and another armed man allegedly grabbed him out of his car and forced him into a stolen vehicle one night last July. Jurors saw a video shot from the rapper’s car showing how his driver gave chase before the men apparently scared him off.

Footage obtained by the New York Daily News shows a man identified as 6ix9ine promising money to his alleged kidnappers and telling them he’s “scared”.

Prosecutors allege that Ellison, a gang enforcer, was angry at the rapper — also an admitted Nine Trey member — for aligning himself with one of his rivals.

6ix9ine testified how Ellison and his cohort allegedly drove him around, stopping at various points to taunt and beat him.

“I’m pleading with Harv the whole time, ‘Yo, I’m scared,” he said, and told them he would give them $100,000 to let him go.

Instead, the rapper alleges that the men took him to his Brooklyn home, where they stole a bag full of jewellery before driving him a few blocks away and releasing him.

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Earlier, 6ix9ine testified about the mayhem around various beefs with other hip-hop artists. Prosecutors allege that one of the disputes resulted in a gunshot being fired backstage at the Barclays Center arena in Brooklyn and in a robbery in Times Square.

Warning: viewers may find the language in this video distressing.

Ellison and a co-defendant, Aljermiah Mack, have pleaded not guilty to racketeering charges. An attorney for Ellison portrayed the alleged abduction as a publicity stunt.

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6ix9ine, 23, was a social media phenomenon with millions of followers on Instagram before becoming an ascendant name in hip-hop. He had a multiplatinum hit song, “Fefe,” with Nicki Minaj, which peaked at number three on the pop charts, and “Stoopid,” featuring the incarcerated rapper Bobby Shmurda.

The rapper agreed to cooperate after pleading guilty earlier this year. He previously testified that he had joined the gang to increase his street credibility in exchange for bankrolling its operations.

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