A man allegedly involved in the assault of rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine has pleaded not guilty to charges of battery and robbery.
According to Radar Online, Rafael Medina Jr., who is said to be the president of a local chapter of the Latin Kings, was one of three men accused of attacking the controversial rapper in a Florida gym in March.
Despite concerns about his gang ties, a judge allowed Medina to travel for work while on house arrest, as he has only been convicted of non-violent drug offenses.
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The attack left 6ix9ine with fractured ribs and a blood clot in his eye, but the rapper later said in a now-deleted Instagram post that "there's no rules" in the streets.
On the other hand, Tekashi 6ix9ine has been no stranger to controversy and legal troubles himself. The rapper has been involved in several high-profile criminal cases, including racketeering and firearm charges, which led to his cooperation with federal authorities in exchange for a reduced sentence.
Despite the assault in the gym, 6ix9ine has been making a comeback in the rap scene with new music releases and collaborations.
However, some members of the hip-hop community have criticized him for his cooperation with authorities and perceived lack of authenticity.
The Latin Kings, the gang that prosecutors allege Medina is associated with, have a long history in the United States and are known for their criminal activities. Their presence in the music industry and hip-hop community has been a topic of controversy and debate.
It remains to be seen how the legal case against Medina and his co-defendants will play out. As for 6ix9ine, he continues to be a polarizing figure in the rap world, with some fans embracing his music and others rejecting him for his past actions.