‘He could vanish into Amish Country’: Experts theorize about how rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine could protect himself after testifying against members of his old gang
Rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine has said he won’t take witness protection after testifying about members of Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods.
Nevertheless, the New York Post on Sunday published an article exploring how the 23-year-old with rainbow-colored hair and multiple face tattoos could disappear following his court testimony.
Arlene Violet, a former Rhode Island District Attorney who co-authored the book The Mob and Me: Wiseguys and the Witness Protection, hinted the rapper could be protected if he went somewhere no-one would think to look for him, such as Amish country.
Protection: Rapper Tekashi 6ix 9ine could ‘disappear’ after testifying against members of the Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods by heading to Amish country, the NY Post claimed Sunday
‘We could put him in a place like a Mennonite community or the Amish where they might not listen to rap music,’ Violet explained.
One of the biggest difficulties of becoming anonymous are the tattoos that cover his face and neck.
If he were to remove the tattoos, it could not only be quite costly but also rather painful, according to a tattoo removal expert.
Inked: One of the biggest difficulties of becoming anonymous are the tattoos that cover his face and neck
‘People try to burn it out or surgically remove them and all those things will get the ink out, but the problem is that it’s opening the top layer to get the surface, so it causes scar tissue,’ said Jeff Garnett, co-owner of the tattoo-removal company Clean Slate Laser.
Even if he does try to remove his tattoos, Dr. Jeremy Fenton of Schweiger Dermatology Group in New York said he’ll never fully have a ‘clean slate’.
Still, Gerald Schur, co-founder of the United States Federal Witness Protection Program, hinted in the NY Post article that tattoos could be ‘dealt with’ though he failed to go into specifics.
Challenge: Even if he does try to remove his tattoos, Dr. Jeremy Fenton of Schweiger Dermatology Group in New York said he’ll never fully have a ‘clean slate’ because of scar tissue
While it was reported last week he plans to turn down witness protection, his lawyer Dawn Florio say no decisions have been made about that just yet.
‘No one can be forced into it,’ Florio stated. ‘It’s a decision that has to be made by the client and they also have to be approved to be in [the program].’
Federal marshals are said to be briefing the rapper on the dangers of life without witness protection once he finishes testifying.
State’s witness: Federal marshals are said to be briefing the rapper on the dangers of life without witness protection once he finishes testifying