Brooklyn-born rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine is currently in prison in Brooklyn facing racketeering charges… but on Sunday, it was reported that the rapper is being sued for missing out at an unofficial university event.
The 22-year-old rapper, whose birth name is Daniel Hernandez, is reportedly being asked to handover more than $300,000 after canceling his performance at the event 35 minutes before he was scheduled to go on stage.
TMZ, which first reported the rapper’s legal troubles, obtained documents stating Tekashi69 was supposed to perform during an unofficial event for Howard University’s homecoming weekend in October.
TMZ also reports that promoters were trying to get in contact with the rapper minutes before he cancelled, and were forced to turn away thousands of disappointed fans who were lined up waiting to get inside the venue.
Organizers are now suing the rapper for loss of ticket sales and marketing expenses.
Tekashi69 is currently spending time at Brooklyn Metropolitan Detention Center after he was arrested in November, facing a mandatory minimum sentence of 32 years in prison and as much as life.
He was deemed a likely danger to the community and denied bail after his arrest.
A prosecutor said at the time there was evidence Hernandez directed or participated in multiple acts of violence as part of the deadly New York gang 9 Trey Bloods, and was a flight risk because of his worldwide connections and hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash.
Hernandez is set to face a pretrial conference on Jan. 22, 2019.
Despite numerous controversies, Hernandez has become a dominant figure in hip-hop, with his album Day69: Graduation Day becoming one of the top records on iTunes following its February release. He has also worked with rappers Kanye West and Nicki Minaj, who were set to film a music video with him in California when several shots were fired near the set.
In September, Hernandez was sentenced to four years probation for using a child in a sexual performance. He pled guilty after online videos surfaced of him sexually engaging with an underage girl in 2015.
Hernandez was seen touching and fondling the minor’s body parts, and standing behind her while “making a thrusting motion with his pelvis and smacking her on the buttocks,” according to a complaint filed with the criminal court of New York.
At the time of the incident, Hernandez was 18 years old. The minor was 13.
Hernandez originally faced one to three years behind bars. In addition to his probation, the rapper will have to complete 1,000 hours in community service.
Hernandez was previously arrested in July on a Texas warrant for allegedly choking a 16-year-old.
As a minor, Hernandez served time for selling heroin and assaulting the owner of a bodega, the music website genius.com reported last year.
Correction: An earlier version of the article stated that this was a Howard University event. It has since been changed to reflect that the event was not affiliated with the university.AlertMe