Tekashi 6ix9ine’s alleged kidnapper Anthony “Harv” Ellison has spoken out for the first time to deny the rapper’s claims.
Last month, 6ix9ine—real name Daniel Hernandez—took the stand in court to testify against his former gang associate as part of his agreement to work with federal prosecutors in their investigations of the Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods. During the hearing, Hernandez claimed that Ellison robbed and kidnapped him last July. The rapper later added that Ellison even held him at gunpoint, Vulture reported.
Now, Ellison’s representative Camille Cushman has issued an exclusive statement to Complex rebutting those claims. According to Ellison, the incident was merely a publicity stunt to help boost Hernandez’s street image. “Danny [6ix9ine] didn’t care if the stunt could be taken as embarrassing, he thought it was believable,” Ellison said in the statement. “He said it would even make some people feel bad for him, which was good after all the trolling he had done. It worked, even Shotti bought it.” (Shotti is Hernandez’s former manager Kifano Jordan, who was sentenced to prison last month after pleading guilty to firearms charges.)
Cushman also maintained her client’s innocence, saying the prosecutors are “relying more on the jurors’ bias towards gang culture than they are on real evidence.” She also pointed out that federal agents reportedly “promised” Ellison could go home “in weeks” if he gave “a statement that corroborated their version of events.”
“They’ve been forcing puzzle pieces together that clearly don’t fit,” Cushman told Complex. Read the full statement here.