Most people who has been paying attention to rap music on the internet over the past few months have probably become familiar with 6ix9ine, real name Daniel Hernandez. The rainbow-haired Brooklyn native seemed to begin as a meme but has recently launched himself onto the Hot 100 with two different singles: "Gummo" and "Kooda." But amid his success, it was revealed that 21-year-old had been charged with a sex crime and plead guilty to it in a court of law.
While, Genius reported some details of the crime in November, confirming that 6ix9ine had plead guilty to one felony count of use of a child in a sexual performance. In a new Jezebel report, additional details contradict much of what the rapper has said publicly about the case, primarily in a November 18 interview with DJ Akademiks. As court documents show, the case pertains to three different videos posted to social media, one of which 6ix9ine admitted to uploading himself. The criminal complaint was filed after the defendant's mother became aware of the videos “on or about” February 23, 2015.
In the interview with DJ Akademiks, 6ix9ine repeatedly stresses that he was 17 years old at the time, but, according to court documents, the rapper, who was born on May 18, 1996, was 18 on February 21, 2015, when the incident occurred. He also told Akademiks, "I’m not touching the girl, I’m not having sexual intercourse with the girl, I’m not doing nothing." Yet, the court document reads, "The child is sitting on the lap of the defendant [Hernandez] and the defendant has his arms around the child."
The contents of another are described like this in the complain: "the child is completely nude and is sitting across the laps of the defendant and the separately charged defendant Taquan Anderson. The separately charged defendant touches the child across her legs and vagina with his hand. The same three individuals are observed in all three videos.”
As Jezebel points out, in his plea agreement, 6ix9ine had his sentencing adjourned for two years. The sentence was supposed to be scheduled for October 20, 2017 but was pushed back until January 30, 2018. If the court finds that he completed the terms of his plea — which include two years of mental health treatment, three hundred hours of community service, and writing a letter to the complaining witness and her family explaining why what he did was wrong — then he will be sentenced to three years of probation. He faces one to three years in prison if the plea terms have not been met.
A representative for 6ix9ine was not immediately available for comment.