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HOUSTON, TX - AUGUST 22: Rapper Tekashi69, real name Daniel Hernandez and also known as 6ix9ine, Tekashi 6ix9ine, Tekashi 69, arrives for his arraignment on assault charges in County Criminal Court #1 at the Harris County Courthouse on August 22, 2018 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Tekashi69 has been released from prison early, as gossip site TMZ reports. On Thursday (Apr. 2), a judge signed off on the Brooklyn rapper’s request to be released in an attempt to void infection from the coronavirus.

Tekashi69 may only leave the residency if needs to seek necessary medical treatment or visit his lawyer. However, Tekashi must receive pre-approval from the Probation Department.
Initially, the judge denied Tekashi’s request because he said he didn’t have the power to release the embattled rapper. The judge then directed 6ix9ine’s legal team to file a request with the Bureau of Prisons and said that they were the ones who could garner the rapper an early release.
However, that department told the rapper’ s legal team that they couldn’t be of any assistance because Tekashi was located in a private facility under the surveillance of the U.S. Marshals Service, instead of a BOP facility.

Glennisha Morgan is a Detroit-bred multimedia journalist and writer. She writes about intersectionality, hip-hop, pop culture, queer issues, race, feminism, and her truth. Follow her on Twitter @GlennishaMorgan.

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