Controversial rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine, who is currently being pressured to register as a sex offender after pleading guilty to one felony count of use of a 13-year-old girl in a sexual performance, is on trial in Houston for allegedly choking a 16-year-old earlier this year at the Galleria. As TMZ reports, the Nicki Minaj collaborator says that he wishes to be referred to as either "defendant," "accused," or his legal name, Daniel Hernandez.
According to TMZ, 6ix9ine's reason for not wanting his performing name used during the arraignment, which has since been pushed to September, is because it could be used to attach "derogatory and satirically unflattering labels" on him.
In January, 6ix9ine allegedly choked a 16-year-old fan in Houston. The victim says he was simply recording a video of the rapper when he was asked to delete the video, an incident that escalated to Tekashi grabbing the boy by the neck.
The Manhattan district attorney's office previously announced that 6ix9ine could face up to three years in prison for his 2015 case, in which he engaged in sexual contact with a 13-year-old girl. In a 2017 interview, he said that he had "no sexual contact" with the girl and denied knowing her age despite pleading guilty to the charges. Tekashi has previously served time for assault and the sale of heroin.