A charity says it has rejected a $200,000 donation from rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine, saying that the musician "didn't align" with the charity's "mission and values."
According to USA Today, in a since-deleted Instagram post, 6ix9ine (real name Daniel Hernandez), confirmed that his donation to No Kid Hungry had been rejected, saying "@nokidhungry rather take food out the mouth of these children I never seen something so cruel."
"We are grateful for Mr. Hernandez’s generous offer to donate to No Kid Hungry but we have informed his representatives that we have declined this donation. As a child-focused campaign, it is our policy to decline funding from donors whose activities do not align with our mission and values," the charity said in its statement to USA Today and Complex.
The rapper plead guilty in 2015 to the “use of a child in a sexual performance,” according to the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office.
The plea stemmed from an incident earlier that year in which Hernandez was accused of partaking in three videos showing a then-13-year-old girl naked and engaging in sexual acts, a complaint against Hernandez showed. Hernandez was visible in all three videos, and shared each on his Instagram page, the complaint stated.
6ix9ine was recently released from prison amid the coronavirus pandemic.
In December, he pleaded guilty to nine charges, including racketeering, carrying a firearm, assault with a dangerous weapon, and conspiracy murder charges.
Though he was facing a maximum of 47 years in prison, he cooperated with authorities in testifying against former members of the Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods gang and was sentenced to two years in prison.