Tekashi69‘s former cohorts are scrambling to keep themselves safe after it was revealed the hip-hop star sang like a canary while in federal custody.
The Blast obtained a letter filed on February 1 by Tekashi’s former manager, and co-defendant, Shotti. Shotti wants to inform the court that Tekashi’s lawyer, Lance Lazzaro, also represented Shotti in criminal matters, and is worried that he may be using privileged information against him now that it’s clear the hip-hop star is squealing.
Shotti, who is represented by El Chapo’s attorney Jeffrey Lichtman, also wanted to inform the court that Lazzaro previously represented Shotti in criminal matters, and that he may now pose “serious conflicts of interest” by representing Tekashi in the same case.
Lazarro allegedly defended Shotti in 4 criminal cases, and they believe Tekashi’s attorney was able to gain “intimate knowledge” of his affairs and also be privy to “privileged communications.”
Basically, Shotti is worried about Lazarro and Tekashi throwing him under the bus in order to gain the “BILLY” rapper freedom, now that it’s been announced he’s cooperating.
Shotti’s attorney claims Lazarro has represented another person from the Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods, and believes, “This representation only serves to heighten the aforementioned fears concerning conflicts of interest.”
Finally, Shotti’s lawyer claims he was approached by Tekashi shortly after the hip-hop star was arrested, and before he started representing the manager.
Lichtman says a three-way phone call was orchestrated through Tekashi’s girlfriend, and that Lazarro was aware the call was taking place. He says Tekashi claimed Shotti would never be able to afford an attorney like Lichtman, and expressed his intention to hire the litigator for himself. Days later, however, Licthman says he was contacted and told that Tekashi changed his mind. He took Shotti on as a client soon after.
The letter from Shotti comes days after Tekashi pled guilty to nine federal charges and the judge in the case revealing he had been cooperating.
Luckily for Shotti, the judge in the case thought there may be some issues going on and ordered Lazarro to resolve the conflicts of interest with the other defendants before he could continue representing Tekashi.