Rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine described for a Manhattan jury Wednesday (Sept. 18) particulars from his lifetime of crime with a violent road gang, together with getting kidnapped at gunpoint amid a dispute between warring factions of the crew.
Testifying as a prosecution witness on the federal trial of two alleged members of the 9 Trey Gangsta Bloods, 6ix9ine stated that defendant Anthony “Harv” Ellison and one other armed man grabbed him out of his automobile and compelled him right into a stolen automobile one evening final July. Jurors noticed a video shot from the rapper’s automobile exhibiting how his driver gave chase earlier than the gunmen scared him off.
Prosecutors say Ellison, a gang enforcer, was indignant on the rapper — additionally an admitted 9 Trey member — for aligning himself with one in every of his rivals.
6ix9ine testified how Ellison and his cohort drove him round, stopping at varied factors to taunt and beat him.
“I’m pleading with Harv the whole time, ’Yo, I’m scared,” he stated, and informed them he would give them $100,000 to let him go.
As an alternative, the boys took him to his Brooklyn dwelling, the place they stole a bag full of bijou earlier than driving him just a few blocks away and releasing him, he stated.
Earlier, 6ix9ine testified concerning the mayhem round varied beefs with different hip-hop artists. Prosecutors say one of many disputes resulted in a gunshot being fired backstage on the Barclays Heart enviornment and in a theft in Instances Sq. that was filmed by the rapper.
Ellison and a co-defendant, Aljermiah Mack, have pleaded not responsible to racketeering costs. An legal professional for Ellison portrayed the alleged abduction as a publicity stunt.
6ix9ine, 23, was a social media phenomenon with tens of millions of followers on Instagram earlier than changing into an ascendant title in hip-hop. He had a multiplatinum hit track, “Fefe,” with Nicki Minaj, which peaked at No. three on the pop charts, and “Stoopid,” that includes the incarcerated rapper Bobby Shmurda.
The rapper agreed to cooperate after pleading responsible earlier this yr. He beforehand testified that he had joined the gang to extend his road credibility in trade for bank-rolling its operations.
He was to renew testifying on Thursday.