Tekashi 6ix9ine Likely To Have To Pay For Tattoo Removal If He Enters Witness Protection
Tekashi 6ix9ine has famously been serving time in prison for gang-related crimes, and lately he's been making headlines after testifying against members of the Nine Trey Bloods gang.
One potential outcome is that he could be offered the chance to enter witness protection in return for the information - but a New York Times report on the case says that he will probably have to pay to have his distinctive face tattoos removed.
The report speculates that, although Tekashi will probably be offered witness protection, 'it is unlikely the United States Marshals Service, which runs the witness protection program, would pay for the removal of Mr. Hernandez's [Tekashi's real name] signature face tattoos'.
The rapper must always have known he would put himself in danger by testifying in the federal case against former Nine Trey Blood pals Anthony "Harv" Ellison and Aljermiah "Nuke" Mack.
And his family have been all too aware of the risks, refusing to go anywhere near the courthouse during his testimony. Regardless of the fact that security was dramatically increased, Tekashi has been kept away in a special unit of the prison he's at.
But if he does decide to go into witness protection, he will have to sort out any features that would stop him from blending in, which will probably include that multi-coloured hair too.
Jay Kramer, a former FBI official who has worked on organized crime cases, told the New York Times: "Despite how connected we are, and the appetite for social media content in this country, there are places where, if this kid gets a haircut and wears normal clothes, no one would know or care who he is."
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However, many are convinced that his appearance would only be a small element of him keeping his head down.
He's known for having an antagonistic personality and has baited law enforcement on social media with guns and money and has live-streamed himself in bed with other rappers' girlfriends.
In the past he's been kidnapped, robbed and involved in all sorts of violent shoot-outs and street brawls. And now that he's being called a grass by a large proportion of the hip-hop world, it's possible that he'd have a bit of an incentive to keep under the radar.
Tekashi 6ix9ine is currently on trial, attempting to get a potential prison sentence reduced from a minimum 47 years by testifying against other members of the Nine Trey Bloods gang.
The 'Gummo' rapper, whose real name is Daniel Hernandez, was on the witness stand at Manhattan federal court when he testified against two members of his old crew, Anthony 'Harv' Ellison and Aljermiah 'Nuke' Mack, who are accused of racketeering.
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