Tekashi 69 now has a new legal situation to deal with as the rapper has a lawsuit on him from a Japanese tattoo artist who claims that he stole his name. 6ix9ine fired back a big accusation that is now getting him sued.

Takashi Matsuba filed legal documents to sue 69 according to TMZ. This lawsuit is a defamation suit after 69 called the tattoo artist a heroin addict. It is also claimed that 69 “has created confusion and the false public perception that” Matsuba is associated with Tekashi69.

The rapper’s name is only one letter off from the tattoo artist’s real name. Matsuba says the Hulu documentary “69: The Saga of Danny Hernandez” includes a scene where the tattoo artist’s name is put on the screen. He claims that his name inspired the Tekashi69 name.

Matsuba did not like Showtime’s “Supervillain: The Making of Tekashi 6ix9ine.” He said that the documentary painted him in a negative light. In the documentary, 69 says: “There was this tattoo artist named Takashi from our neighborhood. And he was this heroin addict. He did heroin to create. He did it to get himself in his little world. He did it to be himself. And that’s where I got the name Tekashi from. And that’s who I am.”


The claim is that this is damaging to the tattoo artist’s reputation because “tattooing requires the use of needles and heroin is connected in the public’s mind with hypodermic needles.”

He has made demands that they make an edit to the documentary and remove his name and image from the Hulu film, but hose requests were refused. As of this writing, 69’s camp has not responded for comment.

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