Shocking new video shows the 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 men may have had a plan in place to attack the rapper – as one is seen letting the other 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.
Shocking new video shows the minutes just before a group of men jumped rapper Tekashi 6ix9nine inside a Florida LA Fitness on Tuesday
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 other man, who he lets into the Palm Beach LA Fitness, wears 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 making a beeline for the restroom, the first man appears to swivel his head around at the front desk employee and the second man as he has a smile upon 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 at the group of ominous looking individuals.
In videos circulating online, the assailants called him a ‘rat’ who wouldn’t be tolerated in their ‘hood’
Rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine is shown curled up on the floor while being beaten by three men in the locker room of an LA Fitness
The 26-year-old, whose real name is Daniel Hernandez, was leaving the LA Fitness gym when he was jumped
The beating took place at this LA Fitness in Lake Worth, Florida
The artist was beaten ‘to a pulp’ in the ambush, his attorney Lance Lazzaro told TMZ . He did not have security on hand at the time , but did his best to defend himself
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.’
On Wednesday, TMZ reported that the rapper was taken to the hospital from injuries to his face, back, ribs and jaw.
According to the outlet, he’s still receiving treatment in the hospital.
Tekashi 69 was arrested in 2018 on suspicion of armed robbery, attempted murder, racketeering and firearms possession
The exact reasoning for the attack remains unknown at this time.
It’s unclear what prompted the attack but 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.
The rapper cut a deal to lessen his own sentence after being charged with an array of crimes, and spent just two years behind bars.
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, Anthony Ellison – one of his co-defendants – was sentenced to 24 years in prison.
Tekashi was sentenced to two years in prison in December 2019.
After testifying for the government against gang members in 2018, the rapper was labeled a ‘snitch’ and beefed up his security team
Among those who were incriminated by Tekashi at the trial was rapper Cardi B. She was not charged
The rapper quickly cut a deal with prosecutors and agreed to testify against his gangmates, some of whom went down for 24 years
By then, he had already completed 13 months.
He was released early in April 2020 and allowed to serve the remainder of his term on house arrest.
He had pleaded with corrections officials to be released, saying he was afraid of contracting COVID behind bars.
Since then, he has done little 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.