Tekashi 6ix9ine is facing a civil lawsuit from Seketha Wonzer and Kevin Dozier, two individuals who were robbed by the rapper’s gang associates in the foyer of a Manhattan office building in 2018, as TMZ reports and Pitchfork can confirm via court documents. The robbery—which 6ix9ine has previously admitted to under the guilty plea he entered with federal authorities in 2019—was carried out by members of the Trey Nine Bloods while the rapper filmed from an adjacent vehicle.
Wonzer and Dozier are suing 6ix9ine for two counts of violating the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO), assault, battery, false imprisonment, and intentional infliction of emotional distress.
Although RICO is typically used by prosecutors in criminal cases, the statute “contains a civil component that allows it to be used to turn ordinary business disputes that would be filed in state courts into federal cases,” according to The New York Times. Proof of a RICO violation results in mandatory “treble damages,” or triple the financial damages, plus attorney’s fees. An exact amount of desired damages was not specified in the lawsuit, but the plaintiffs are seeking compensatory and punitive damages from the court.
When reached for comment, Seketha Wonzer and Kevin Dozier’s lawyer gave the following statement:
Pitchfork has reached out to legal representatives for 6ix9ine for comment and more information.