Rapper Tekashi69, real name Daniel Hernandez and also known as 6ix9ine,

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Tekashi69 pleads not guilty to federal racketeering charges

November 26, 2018 - 2:22 pm

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Tekashi69 pleaded not guilty to federal racketeering charges in Brooklyn on Monday.

The rapper and some of his crew were arrested last week for allegedly conspiring to commit a long list of crimes including drug deals, armed robberies, and shootings.

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TMZ reports, feds believe Tekashi was personally involved in an April 3, armed robbery along with his former manager and two members of the Nine Trey Bloods.

Defense attorneys have argued that Tekashi's 'gangster image' should not be taken at face value.

"An entertainer who portrays a 'gangster image' to promote his music does not make him a member of an enterprise," attorney Lance Lazzaro said. "Mr. Hernandez became a victim of this enterprise and later took steps by firing employees and publicly denounced this enterprise through a morning show. Threats were then made against his life which resulted in this case being brought immediately."

A trial date has been set for next September.

No bail was discussed at Monday's court appearance, so it looks like Tekashi will remain behind bars for now.