Tekashi 6ix9ine was arrested in the New York on Wednesday for an outstanding warrant related to a mall attack on a 16-year-old, according to police sources.
The controversial artist was taken into custody at JFK Airport just moments after returning home from his European tour.
The “GOTTI” rapper is accused of choking a teen at The Galleria mall in Houston, after the boy began recording him with his cellphone. Footage of the incident later surfaced on social media.
Tekashi 6ix9ine, whose real name is Daniel Hernandez, is seen in video from the January encounter rushing up to the teenage fan inside the mall who had just recorded video of the rapper.
“Delete the video,” Tekashi can be heard telling the teen in Spanish.
A video of the incident was posted on YouTube showing a part of what went down.
“After choking me Tekashi69 decided to hold me until I deleted the video of me recording him,” the alleged victim wrote on Twitter. “Keep in mind that’s my family and I’m only 16.”
The 22-year-old rapper was reportedly charged with misdemeanor assault for the incident.
Prosecutors claimed in court documents that he grabbed the teen “by the neck, causing small scratch marks and pain” while his “bodyguards began to surround him in an intimidating way, also yelling at him.”
A judge later signed off on misdemeanor assault charges and ordered 6ix9ine’s arrest. He was arraigned in Manhattan on Wednesday afternoon for the outstanding warrant and is expected to be extradited back to Texas.
Additionally, 6ix9ine had been scheduled to go before a Brooklyn judge on Wednesday for assaulting a cop inside the 77th Precinct station house back in May, but was unable to do so on account of his arrest at JFK. He was brought in by officers for aggravated unlicensed operation after being pulled over with a suspended license.
While his handcuffs were being taken off, 6ix9ine allegedly grabbed an officer by the hand and “squeezed” — causing “pain and swelling.”
The heavily tattooed hip-hop artist was later charged with assault, attempted assault, menacing and obstructing governmental administration. His lawyer claimed in court Wednesday that the rapper came to New York to face the music.
“It’s ironic he finds him himself in this situation,” said attorney Ian Niles, “because he was arrested coming back from Europe to appear in court.”
6ix9ine had every intention of surrendering to Texas authorities once his tour ended, Niles added.
“This is a misdemeanor case out of Texas,” he said. “[6ix9ine] will be in great danger because of his fame if he’s incarcerated.”
6ix9ine, who is also famous for his rainbow-colored hair, has been no stranger to controversy.
In 2015, 6ix9ine pleaded guilty in New York Supreme Court to three felony counts of the use of a child in a sexual performance after videos of the hookup were posted online. The charge stemmed from videos involving a 13-year-old girl. In one, she is naked and sitting in his lap, and in the other, Hernandez is shown “making a thrusting motion with his pelvis and smacking her on her buttocks“ while the 13-year-old performed oral sex on another man. He has denied the allegations despite his guilty plea.