This past weekend, Tekashi 6ix9ine’s lawyer Lance Lazzaro filed a request that the incarcerated rapper be released early in response to the rapid spread of COVID-19. 6ix9ine, born Daniel Hernandez, suffers from asthma which puts him at a higher risk for developing potentially fatal respiratory complications from the virus.

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Today, TMZ reports that Judge Paul A. Engelmayer has issued an order denying Hernandez’s request, though he said that he was sympathetic to the rapper’s situation, according to the New York Daily News:

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