After his arraignment alongside his codefendants and pleading not guilty to his federal cases at federal court today, 6IX9INE’s defence attorney Lance Lazzaro made a number of claims about Tekashi’s connections to the group.

He claims he first met the 9 Trey Blood gang members, including Shotti, at the video shoot for his song ‘Gummo’ in September of 2017, a story which Trippie Redd claimed was true a number of months back during one of their many arguments. Lazzaro went on to call the indictment against Tekashi and his former friends “far-reaching” and claimed 6-9 had “very little involvement with” what he’s being charged with, claiming he simply used social media to promote his music and used gang terminology. He claims the accusations that 6IX9INE is a part of the ‘Treyway Blood gang” are “completely false”, and says he thinks further details will come out in court to prove this at a later date.

The indictment makes reference to incidents dating back to 2013, and Lazzaro claims it’s ridiculous to accuse Tekashi of involvement when he claims to have only met them in late 2017. He went on to say 6IX9INE “used the music and the gangster image to promote his songs, that’s it. That’s his only involvement”. He feels 6-9 was targeted as a result of his International success, and informed the public that Tekashi’s appeal for bail is upcoming. Tekashi’s said to be “not happy to be in jail” but “hanging in there”, and thinks he’s in jail due to charges he has “nothing to do with”.

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Video Credit: Lisa Evers of Fox5NY (@LisaEvers)
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