NEW YORK (CelebrityAccess) Tekashi69, who began his weekend with firing his manager, agency and publicist, then got into a public dispute over it all, has ended it with the possibility of prison time over racketeering charges.
Tekash69, his recently fired manager and two other associated are in federal custody, which means the rapper is almost certainly facing prison time, according to TMZ.
One of the associates is Faheem Walter, aka Crippy, who got shot at an altercation a few weeks ago with Tekashi’s record label head the same day the rapper got a jailtime reprieve. A judge that day gave him probation in a child exploitation charge and told him to keep his nose out of trouble or would go straight to prison.
All four men are facing racketeering and firearms charges. The arrest was a joint effort by ATF, NYPD and Homeland Security, sources told TMZ.
A recent memo from state prosecutors in the sex crime case said Tekashi, real name Daniel Hernandez, was part of a “criminal enterprise,” namely the 9 Trey Bloods gang, according to the Daily Beast.
“Since defendant’s plea of guilty on October 20, 2015, he has not only become a successful recording artist, but is now a self-admitted member of a violent gang, the 9 Trey Bloods,” the memo from the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office reportedly states, noting that such affiliation is “patently inconsistent with his acceptance of responsibility and rehabilitation.
“He has… been arrested multiple times for crimes he committed this year” and “exacerbated his own violent conduct by using his public platform and significant following to provoke and promote incidents of gun violence.”
Further details of the arrest are expected to be announced this afternoon during the arraignment in Manhattan federal court.
Tekashi69 recently fired his agency, management and publicist, publicly stating that he was on his own and for others to not book shows by anyone supposedly representing him. He then went on “The Breakfast Club” radio program and claimed he received a few hundred thousand dollars out of a $3.5 million tour deal, claiming flat-out theft by MTA Booking. Sources representing the agency, however, have told various outlets that Tekashi69 doesn’t understand the art of the deal and that the $3.6 million was only a number tossed around in discussions.
Tekashi was also in the news recently when shots were fired near a video shoot that involved him, Kanye West and Nicki Minaj.