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Tekashi 6ix9ine may currently be incarcerated, but his legal troubles appear far from over.
The 23-year-old rapper, born Daniel Hernandez, is being sued for $150 million by a woman who was injured during a 2018 shooting in Brooklyn that she alleges he orchestrated, Page Six reports. The shooting in question took place at the Smurf Village apartment complex on July 16, 2018; the woman who filed the suit, named only as Jane Doe, alleges that Hernandez heard that members of the gang Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods were at the complex filming a music video and ordered an associate to “to assault and/or murder the Nine Trey members involved in his kidnapping,” the outlet reports.
Hernandez claimed to have been kidnapped and robbed by gang members around this time, though he himself was affiliated with the Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods and later testified against them at trial.
The woman says she was struck in the foot by a stray bullet, causing her to fall over and injure her back, according to Page Six. Her injuries were allegedly grave enough that she lost her job at a Century 21 department store and was forced to abandon her plans to join the police academy, according to the suit, which was filed earlier this month in Brooklyn Supreme Court.
However, in direct contradiction to her claims that Hernandez ordered the shooting in retaliation for being kidnapped, the shooting referred to in the suit actually took place nearly a week before Hernandez was kidnapped and robbed on July 22, Complex reports. Still, the suit seeks $75,000,000 in compensatory damages and $75,000,000 in punitive damages, according to the outlet.
Hernandez is currently incarcerated after being convicted of racketeering charges. In a move considered controversial by some of his musical contemporaries, he struck a deal with prosecutors wherein he testified against his former associates in the Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods gang in the hopes of receiving a lesser sentence. He is reportedly scheduled to be released in August.
The woman who filed the suit testified during Hernandez’s trial and referred to the day of the shooting as “the worst day of her life,” and stated that she wanted an apology, according to Complex.
Hernandez obliged, telling the woman, “I'm sorry for what happened to you that day,” according to CNN.
However, Hernandez’s lawyer, Lance Lazzaro, has maintained that his client was not responsible for the July 16 shooting, and that Hernandez was merely present when his former manager, Kifano "Shotti" Jordan, actually ordered the attack, according to a Dec. 2019 interview with Complex.
“Her statement in court saying all she wanted was an apology was not truthful,” Lazzaro’s statement reads, in part. “She’s looking for a payday. What’s interesting, she didn’t show up at Kifano Jordan’s sentencing. Kifano Jordan doesn’t have any money. She sees Daniel Hernandez as someone she can get something out of.”
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