Tekashi 6ix9ine’s Lawyer: Rapper Is ‘Victim’ Who Only Used ‘Gangster Image’

“Daniel Hernandez is completely innocent of all charges being brought against him,” Lance Lazzaro says

Tekashi 6ix9ine‘s lawyer has released a statement asserting his client’s innocence following the rapper’s federal arrest on Sunday night and charges that could lead to a potential life sentence. The rapper (real name Daniel Hernandez) has been charged with racketeering and gun possession and faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 32 years if convicted.

“Daniel Hernandez is completely innocent of all charges being brought against him,” Hernandez’ attorney Lance Lazzaro wrote in a statement Wednesday. “An entertainer who portrays a ‘gangster image’ to promote his music does not make him a member of an enterprise.”

Much of the charges against Hernandez center on his involvement with the Nine Trey Bloods, an allegedly violent New York gang. According to arguments from Lazzaro at Hernandez’ arraignment hearing on Monday night, Hernandez was not a participating member of the gang, but had met members of the gang at a 2017 concert and hired them as management and security. Four other associates of Hernandez — all alleged members of the gang — were arrested on Sunday night and Monday morning in connection to the same racketeering charges.