Tekashi69 has been acussed of staging his own kidnapping just to increase his publicity.
As Newshub's Lana Andelane writes, Attorney Devereaux Cannick says the Dummy Boy hit-maker orchestrated the 2018 kidnapping to generate hype around his next album release.
The claims were made on Friday (local time) following Manhattan federal court Judge Paul Engelmeyer's decision to push the trial for Cannick's client, Anthony Ellison, back to September 16.
Ellison, an alleged member of the Nine Trey Bloods street gang, has been accused of kidnapping the rapper alongside suspected accomplice Aljermiah Mack. Ellison has pleaded not guilty.
"No robbery or kidnapping or assault happened," said Cannick.
"He trolls every time he's about to drop another album... gotta get that buzz up. That's how he makes money."
The suspected kidnapping took place on July 22, 2018 in Brooklyn, New York. Tekashi69 claims he was robbed of his jewellery and pistol-whipped.
Cannick claims the controversial rapper's own social media appears to show him unscathed in the days following the attack.
He is due to be sentenced on January 24, 2020.