Newly surfaced surveillance footage shows the men who allegedly attacked rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine gaining access into a gym
The rapper was ambushed by three men inside the restroom of a Florida LA Fitness in Miami, Florida, on Tuesday
He was taken to the hospital from injuries to his face, back, ribs and jaw
Video was also shared on social media showing the beating inside a bathroom
New video has surfaced showing events unfolding minutes just before a group of men ambushed and attacked rapper Tekashi 6ix9nine inside a Florida LA Fitness on Tuesday.
Gym surveillance footage, obtained by TMZ, shows the this probably was a pre-planned attack on the rapper.
The footage opens with one of the alleged attackers letting another into the facility just before the beating. In the video, one man inside the gym is seen talking on his phone before he approaches a door and lets a second man into the LA Fitness in South Florida.
The men approach the front desk employee who they briefly chat with before they walk directly toward the bathroom where the brutal attack took place.
Footage of the attack itself was posted online late Tuesday evening and shows the jump on the rapper who was seen bloody and blue with severe injuries.
In the new footage, one man who appears to be bald is seen staring out the windows at the front of the gym as the woman at the front desk talks with a patron.
The man looks around, appearing to be waiting for someone, and then opens the door and hangs up the call as he sees the person coming.
The first unidentified attacker wears black from head to toe, and has a large beard.
The man, who had just been let into the Palm Beach LA Fitness, is wearing a black tee shirt and black shorts with a large chain around his neck.
As they pass the front desk, the first man motions to the front desk employee toward the bathroom as they walk by.
Distracted by another conversation, the woman does not stop the pair.
At one point as they are heading towards the restroom, the first man appears to swivel his head around at the front desk employee and the second man with a smile on his face.
In another clip from inside the gym, the men appear to have picked up a third alleged assailant, also dressed in black from head to toe.
The group walks toward the bathroom, even passing a man who looks up from his phone and turns his head to look at the trio of black-clad individuals.
The footage of the attack itself shows Tekashi 6ix9ine being beaten ‘to a pulp’ last night and humiliated in front of other gymgoers at the LA Fitness.
The group of men who beat him later boasted about the attack on social media.
In videos circulating online, they called him a ‘rat’ who wouldn’t be tolerated in their ‘hood.’
While kicking and punching him, one could be heard yelling to another: ‘Take a picture, take a picture – I am going to be famous now.’
According to TMZ, the rapper was taken to the hospital from injuries to his face, back, ribs and jaw. He is still receiving treatment in the hospital.
Tekashi is not short of enemies; in 2018, he was labeled a ‘snitch’ after testifying for prosecutors against the likes of the Bloods gang and Cardi B.
Erstwhile gang member Daniel Hernandez, better known as the Tekashi 6ix9ine, cut a deal to lessen his own sentence after being charged with an array of crimes. He ended spending just two years behind bars, while some of those he snitched on bagged decades in prison.
Tekashi had faced a 47-year minimum sentence and maximum of life in prison when he was arrested back in 2018 on charges including racketeering, firearm possession, armed robbery and attempted murder.
It was part of a widespread crackdown on gangs in New York, during which nine members of the same gang were taken into custody.
He quickly abandoned his co-defendants, cutting a deal with the prosecution instead and agreeing to be their star witness.
In court, he took the stand to describe the inner workings of the gang and his own ascent through it.
‘We participated in a lot of crimes. Robberies, assaults, drugs,’ he said.
As a result one of his co-defendants, Anthony Ellison, was sentenced to 24 years in prison.
Tekashi was sentenced to two years in prison in December 2019.
Among those incriminated by Tekashi at the trial were fellow rappers Jim Jones and Cardi B. The latter was not charged and has since disavowed knowledge of 6ix9ine.
After testifying for the government against gang members and getting back on the street, the publicity-hugging rapper beefed up his security team.
At sentencing the rapper he had already completed 13 months. He was released early in April 2020 and allowed to serve the last four months of his term on house arrest, after pleading with corrections officials for early release because he was afraid of contracting COVID behind bars.
Since then, he has done little to keep a low profile. He continues to boast about money and women on social media, where he has more than 24million followers, and is still making music.