At least, that's the word from TMZ, who said Thursday that "sources close" to 6ix9ine have informed them that he plans to "forgo any participation" in the program. Instead, the report added, 6ix9ine is aiming to live quite publicly by attempting to resume his work as a recording artist.
For safety, the report claims that 6ix9ine is planning to pay for a 24/7 security team, with the added hope that his continued recording career will help carry the costs of such an undertaking.
The Witness Protection Program possibly has been heavily discussed in recent weeks, with the issue of 6ix9ine's identity-announcing tattoos receiving concentrated interest. Flash Lab Laser Suite founder Kelly Rheel told Complex earlier this month that his best option for tattoo removal would have been PicoSure laser tattoo removal, known as the most advanced and effective option for laser-based treatment.
"You're looking at a year-long process, minimum," Rheel told Complex. "That's why a witness protection program for this gentleman might be a little tricky, unless he gets a really good concealer. Plenty of dancers and models get really great makeup that covers up their tattoos while they're undergoing removal."
Witness Protection Program or not, 6ix9ine recently said on the stand that he's expecting to be released as early as 2020.