In a development which will come as a surprise to no one, a shooting took place last night outside a restaurant where rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine was set to celebrate dodging jail time and sex offender status. Since he pleaded guilty in 2015 to the use of a child in a sexual performance–specifically, appearing to coerce a 13-year-old girl into performing a sex act and then posting the video online–he has twice been arrested, once for allegedly choking a 16-year-old. As Jezebel reported yesterday, he was not given the one-to-three year prison sentence recommended by the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office but rather 1,000 hours more community service and three years’ probation. Although he was 18 when he made the video, he was also spared having to register as a sex offender under the Youthful Offender adjudication. He was ordered not to participate in gang activity or publicly affiliate with gangs (anymore). Tekashi has agreed to “lead a law-abiding life” during his probation.
Details are hazy, and Tekashi 6ix9ine was not directly involved, but the gist is that gun violence resulted from a dispute over getting into a Madison Avenue restaurant. According to Page Six, two men were arrested on gang assault charges after attacking Tekashi 6ix9ine’s bodyguard outside Philippe Chow, where Tekashi 6ix9ine was set to celebrate with his manager; after they threw a chair in his direction, the bodyguard shot one of them twice in the stomach. Police have told TMZ that the bodyguard was guarding the restaurant for a 10k Projects (Tekashi’s label’s) executive against Tekashi 6ix9ine’s “entourage,” including Tekashi 6ix9ine’s bodyguard, saying only Tekashi 6ix9ine would be allowed in. TMZ says it was Tekashi 6ix9ine’s people who started the brawl while Takeshi stayed in the car, and then it was the record executive’s guard who shot “6ix9ine’s guy,” or, bodyguard.
It is unclear whether Tekashi 6ix9ine ever successfully entered the restaurant.