LAKE WORTH, Fla. – Cellphone video obtained this week by @OnlyInDade shows rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine being beaten by a group of men inside an LA Fitness in South Florida.
The rapper’s attorney, Lance Lazzaro, told TMZ his client was jumped on Tuesday by several men while inside the sauna.
The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office confirmed to Local 10 News that the incident was reported just after 8:45 p.m. that night at the LA Fitness, located in the 8000 block of Lantana Road in Lake Worth.
Lazzaro told TMZ the rapper, whose real name is Daniel Hernandez, attempted to fight back but there were too many people attacking him.
6ix9ine’s security was not with him at the time of the attack, Lazzaro said.
The rapper was taken to a hospital by ambulance after the beating and reportedly suffered gashes and swelling, along with injuries to his jaw, ribs and back.
Lazzaro told TMZ he will call the Feds to ensure that his client gets the protection he needs.
The 26-year-old rapper has been heavily criticized, including by fellow rapper Snoop Dogg, after he snitched on several of his fellow gang members in order to be granted early release from prison.
It’s unclear whether the men seen in the video are members of the Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods, or whether the attack had anything to do with his testimony against the gang members.
Detectives from the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office are still investigating the attack.
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Tuesday’s incident comes just days after the rapper was kicked out of LoanDepot Park in Miami during the World Baseball Classic.
In that incident, 6ix9ine was accused of standing up and blocking fans’ views as he waved a Mexican flag during the Mexico vs. Puerto Rico game Friday night.
Witnesses say the rapper was intoxicated before he was escorted out of the ballpark.