AceShowbiz - Rapper Tekashi69 has been transferred to the Contagious Disease Unit at New York's notorious Rikers Island prison for his own safety.
The Gotti hitmaker was denied bail on Thursday, July 12, after a judge agreed with prosecutors and ruled him a flight risk, and now he's behind bars at one of the world's most infamous jails, awaiting extradition to Texas, where he'll face charges of allegedly choking a 16-year-old at a Houston mall.
Tekashi, aka 6ix9ine, was arrested on a warrant upon his return to New York following an ill-advised European tour, which he recently admitted was an "irresponsible" outing.
Law enforcement sources tell TMZ the rapper is serving his wait period in the 140-cell portion of the New York prison, used to house inmates battling illness and high-profile convicts who can't be locked up among the general population.
The insiders claim the rap star is being held in isolation, and will have no contact with other inmates. He'll be there until his next hearing on 20 July, prior to his extradition to Texas.