A group of men assaulted Tekashi 6ix9ine in a gym sauna, as per reports.
According to Lance Lazzaro, the 26-year-old rapper's legal representative, Tekashi was present at a gym in South Florida on Tuesday (March 21) when the incident occurred.
As per reports, Tekashi, whose legal name is Daniel Hernandez, was peacefully using the LA Fitness sauna when an unidentified group assaulted him without provocation.
Despite Tekashi's attempts to defend himself, the men overpowered him and severely injured him.
The attack caused a disturbance, prompting gym personnel to call for medical assistance and the police.
Upon arriving at the scene, emergency services determined that Tekashi's injuries were severe enough to warrant immediate hospitalization.
TMZ shared a picture of Hernandez seated on a hospital bed exhibiting facial cuts and bruises.
The motive behind the assault on the 26-year-old remains unclear; however, the attack resulted in injuries to his jaw, ribs, and back.
Lance Lazzaro plans to seek protection from federal authorities for Hernandez's safety when he is out in public.
It is noteworthy that Hernandez did not have any security personnel accompanying him during his visit to LA Fitness.
According to Lazzaro, there may be a need for a change in security measures following the rapper's decision to inform the authorities about some of his gang associates.
In 2018, 6ix9ine faced multiple charges that included gun possession, attempted murder, and gang-related offenses, resulting in a total of nine overlapping charges.
Initially, Hernandez pleaded not guilty, but he changed his plea to guilty in January 2019. During this period, news circulated that he had decided to collaborate with the government.
Subsequently, it emerged that he had started cooperating with the prosecution immediately after his arrest.
Facing a potential prison sentence of almost 50 years, Hernandez's cooperation resulted in a reduction of his sentence to just two years.
The rapper's prison term was further shortened due to the efforts of his attorney, who secured his early release amidst concerns over COVID-19 transmission.
Although criticized by some for his actions, the rapper denied the snitching allegations back in 2021. In his defense, he stated to TMZ, "I wasn't snitching. What I was doing was being smart and realized that God put me there to cut more grass to see the snakes in my grass."