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Rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine Injured In Sudden Assault At South Florida Gym
Rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine, whose real name is Daniel Hernandez, was hospitalized after an attack at a Palm Beach gym on Wednesday. The motive behind the incident is unclear, but authorities note the rapper’s complicated history with members of the Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods gang.
Rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine was hospitalized on Wednesday after being assaulted at a South Florida gym.
The 26-year-old, whose real name is Daniel Hernandez, was beaten inside a steam room by several people at a Palm Beach County LA Fitness.
The assault resulted in several injuries, leaving the rapper with multiple facial cuts, according to CBS Miami.
Hernandez is easily recognized by his rainbow-colored hair and facial tattoos, including a “69” tattoo on his forehead. With millions of social media followers, his multiplatinum song “Fefe” featuring Nicki Minaj reached No. 3 on the pop charts in 2018.
Hernandez’s attorney, Lance Lazzaro, informed several news outlets that the rapper was in the sauna when he was attacked by three or four people.
He was taken to a hospital, and his injuries are not considered life-threatening.
The motive behind the assault has not been determined, though the rapper recently testified against several members of his gang. The testimony contributed to the conviction of two highly-ranked members, earning Hernandez a reputation as a “snitch,” the Associated Press reported.
Hernandez was previously accused of using gang members as a “personal hit squad,” and faced decades in prison for the racketeering case.
Additionally, he pleaded guilty to firearm offenses and drug trafficking charges.
The rapper’s federal prison sentence of 47 years was reduced to two years in prison and five years of supervised probation after he testified against the Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods.
Dawn Florio, Hernandez’s attorney at the time, noted that he was granted early release because he “had been the perfect model prisoner since his incarceration,” according to previous Oxygen.com reporting.
Hernandez was also allegedly assaulted in 2022 by his former girlfriend, Rachel Wattley, who was accused of punching the rapper during an argument.
Wattley, 25, faced domestic violence charges after the incident that took place at an upscale Miami restaurant. She was ultimately charged with one count of misdemeanor battery, Oxygen.com reported.
The rapper was not accompanied by his personal security at the time of the most recent incident, and he attempted to fight back during the attack.
Social media footage showed Hernandez making his way through the gym, his face covered in blood. It is unclear whether he is still hospitalized, according to NBC News.
No arrests have been made and investigators are seeking any information regarding the attack.