(MENAFN) Rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine, whose real name is Daniel Hernandez, was hospitalized after being beaten in a steam room at a South Florida LA Fitness on Tuesday. The Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office confirmed the altercation occurred and stated that Hernandez was injured but his injuries were non-life threatening. According to TMZ, the rapper suffered facial cuts during the attack.
Video footage of the incident posted on social media sites showed Hernandez on the floor of the gym bathroom being kicked and grabbed by the hair by at least two men. The alleged attack occurred at the LA Fitness in Lake Worth, Florida, where the rapper was reportedly without personal security.
Before the attack, Hernandez was a social media celebrity with millions of followers on Instagram and an emerging name in hip-hop. He had a multiplatinum hit song, "Fefe," with Nicki Minaj, which peaked at No. 3 on the pop charts, and "Stoopid," featuring Bobby Shmurda, who was incarcerated at the time.
Hernandez was released early from federal prison after cooperating with law enforcement officials during an effort to prosecute fellow gang members, according to CBS Miami. Despite his success in the music industry, Hernandez has a history of legal troubles, including pleading guilty to using a child in a sexual performance.
Hernandez's attorney, Lance Lazzaro, told TMZ that the rapper tried to fight back during the attack but was outnumbered and overpowered. The motive behind the attack and the identities of the assailants remain unknown. The incident raises concerns about the safety of celebrities and the need for personal security, especially in public places.
This incident is not the first time Hernandez has been involved in violent altercations. In 2018, he was kidnapped, robbed, and beaten in New York City. The rapper has also been accused of inciting violence and gang activity through his music and social media presence. The recent attack on Hernandez highlights the dangers associated with fame, especially in the music industry, and the potential risks artists face while promoting their work in public spaces.
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