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Last week, Brooklyn rapper 6ix9ine promised to head straight to Houston, Texas if a judge agreed to grant him bail. According to TMZ, the 22-year-old artist—legal name Daniel Hernandez—is making good on that promise.
NYPD picked up the “Gummo” rapper at JFK airport last Wednesday, and put him behind bars for a misdemeanor battery charge. The charge stems from a January incident when he allegedly choked a 16-year-old boy at a mall in H-Town. After a few days at Rikers, a judge granted him $150,000 bail if he agreed to fly back to Harris County, Texas to post bail in person. True to his word he hopped on a flight, surrendered, and posted a $5,000 bail payment after midnight Monday morning. His arraignment takes place on Friday.
“I’ve been very remorseful for my lack of responsibility. In the short time I’ve been incarcerated, I’ve learned my lesson to be more respectful,” he told a Manhattan judge Thursday, according to the New York Daily News. He went on to add, “I’m not asking you to have sympathy for me. I’m not asking you for anything else at all. All I ask is to please post bail for this misdemeanor case in which I promise you and the court to take the first flight to Houston, Texas, in which I will have a legal team there ready to speed up the process.”
While at Rikers, 6ix9ine was reportedly put into the prison’s isolated disease unit because his fame put him at risk. While in the 140-cell unit, used primarily by inmates battling diseases, the rapper stayed in total isolation aside from interacting with Rikers officers.
Tekashi’s misdemeanor charge carries a maximum one-year sentence.