8:44 AM PT — During Tekashi’s testimony Thursday morning, he claimed he initially lied about portions of the kidnapping — specifically that he got pistol-whipped and knocked unconscious right away — because he was humiliated. As the dash cam video shows … that didn’t happen. He claims he was pistol-whipped later on, though.
The rapper testified that he didn’t ID his kidnappers to police or the media after the incident, but he did meet up with his former manager, Shotti, and Mel Murda afterward at his house and told them Harv and Nuke were the perps. Tekashi claims they stole $365k worth of his jewelry, and some of Harv’s text messages were shown in which he’s allegedly trying to unload the stolen jewelry.
There’s more — a recorded prison convo with Mel and another associate was played for the jury in which Mel details the incident and says 2 guys — Black Boy and Hollywood — were involved. Tekashi testified that Black Boy is code for Nuke, and Hollywood is Harv.
Another convo between Tekashi and Shotti was played, in which Shotti references the kidnapping and suggests he wants to kill Harv for it. The convo was captured by a wiretap in a van, and Tekashi testified he didn’t know he and Shotti were being recorded. Tekashi also says he says he offered $50,000 for someone to rob Harv after he got robbed.
Tekashi69‘s ex-bodyguard threatened to shoot him as he snatched the rapper from his chauffeur-driven ride … and the whole ordeal was captured on video.
The dash cam video starts as a car smashes into the back of the SUV carrying Tekashi — he was sitting in the front passenger seat — and then 2 men were at Tekashi’s door forcing him out of the vehicle. Tekashi tried to put up a bit of a fight but not for long.
You hear Anthony “Harv” Ellison — 6ix9ine’s ex-bodyguard — barking orders like, “Give me your money” and “Get in the car. We gonna shoot you!”
Prosecutors played the dash cam footage of the July 2018 incident in federal court where 6ix9ine is testifying against 2 members of his former gang, the Nine Trey Bloods — one of them being Ellison.
Ellison, and at least one other man, stuffed Tekashi into their car and drove off. In the dash cam video — from Tekashi’s driver’s SUV — you can see his driver attempted to follow Ellison’s car for a few blocks, but eventually sped off to go find a police officer to help.
Ellison went to Tekashi’s home, and surveillance footage — obtained by the feds — shows Tekashi’s girlfriend handing over a bag of money and jewelry to Ellison’s crew.
As we reported, Tekashi was eventually released, but not before they pistol-whipped him … landing him in the hospital.
At the time, many people thought the kidnapping was a PR stunt — but Tekashi came on “TMZ Live” and insisted it was real, and claimed someone had set him up.
Ellison and Aljermiah “Nuke” Mack are on trial right now for racketeering, and Tekashi is in the middle of his third day of testifying — snitching on Ellison, Mack, and several other of members of the gang.
He’s cooperating with the feds as part of a plea deal to get a reduced sentence in his own case. Tekashi had been facing a minimum of 47 years in prison.
Originally Published — 8:02 AM PT
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