Tekashi 6ix9nine released early from prison due to coronavirus

Controversial rapper Tekashi 6ix9nine has been allowed out of prison to complete the rest of his jail-time at home due to fears over contracting COVID-19. 

US media outlets report that the admitted child sex offender, real name Daniel Hernandez, was granted a compassionate release, effective immediately, on Thursday (local time) due to his asthma. 

The 'Gummo' hitmaker's lawyer Lance Lazzaro reportedly submitted a letter arguing the 23-year-old has "regularly been hospitalised due to serious asthma attacks." 

Lazzarro added: "Mr Hernandez has been complaining to prison officials this week of shortness of breath, but apparently the warden of his facility will not allow Mr Hernandez to go to the hospital despite the recommendation of the facility's medial director that Mr Hernandez be treated by a doctor at a hospital."

The New York rapper was serving a two-year sentence after pleading guilty to charges of racketeering conspiracy, several firearms offenses, and narcotics trafficking. He will spend the remaining four months of that time confined at home and under government surveillance.

In 2015, Hernandez pleaded guilty to filming a 13-year-old child perform oral sex on a grown man, but avoided jail time due to a plea deal.