UPDATED: A gunman fired multiple shots at a video shoot in Beverly Hills where Kanye West and Tekashi 6ix9ine were both working Thursday night, according to TMZ and the Blast. Local police confirmed to Variety that shots were fired at around 10:25 p.m. local time on the 900 block of North Alpine; there were no injuries and the investigation is ongoing. TMZ reported a police sources as saying eight shots were fired, including one that went through a bedroom window of the $80 million building that had been rented for the shoot.
According to reports Nicki Minaj was scheduled to join the pair for the video shoot but had not yet arrived. Production on the video was halted.
West tweeted Friday morning that “Our family is safe and close.” Reps for Tekashi and West did not immediately respond to Variety‘s requests for comment.
Thank you for everyone’s prayers. Our family is safe and close
— ye (@kanyewest) November 9, 2018
For all his recent success — Tekashi (real name: Daniel Hernandez) has scored a number of hit singles, including his “Fefe” duet with Nicki Minaj, which reached No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 — the rapper has been plagued with multiple legal problems for the past several years.
He narrowly avoided prison time last week when he was sentenced to four years’ probation in Manhattan court for violating the terms of a plea agreement stemming from his 2015 arrest for the use of a child in a sexual performance; the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office had argued for him to spend one to three years in state prison and register as a sex offender. That case dates back to 2015, when Hernandez admitted to using a 13-year-old child in a sexual performance as part of a plea deal. The case would have been closed if he’d remained on good behavior for two years, but he was arrested twice this year: Once in May for allegedly attacking a 16-year-old in Texas, and later that month in Brooklyn for allegedly driving with an expired license and assaulting a police officer.
Hernandez’s attorney, Lance Lazzaro, told TMZ he doesn’t believe Thursday night’s incident affects the rapper’s parole, but the site says Manhattan officials are looking into the matter. Lazzaro did not immediately respond to Variety‘s request for comment.
In a separate incident that remains unclear, in July he was kidnapped, pistol-whipped and robbed of jewelry in his Brooklyn home. He claimed two men got out, forced him into their car, and made him call another man to bring him some personal property, which he did. The rapper said the men took an undisclosed amount of jewelry and left. He “became uncooperative” after filing the report, police reps said, and was then admitted into the hospital.