Offset was briefly detained by police Saturday night (Oct. 24) after driving past a rally of Donald Trump supporters in Beverly Hills, according to police and social media footage from the incident.
The Migos rapper, born Kiari Kendrell Cephus, live-streamed the incident, which showed officers asking him to exit his car and his refusal because he says they have their guns drawn.
“I’m not going to move my hands from the steering wheel,” he can be heard saying in the video.
Offset, husband of Cardi B, was allowed to leave after police made him exit his car, briefly detaining him, but 20-year-old Marcelo Almanzar, cousin of Cardi B, was arrested on felony suspicion of carrying a concealed weapon and carrying a loaded firearm in public, police said. His bail was set at $35,000.
Offset’s representatives have released the following statement in response to the incident.
“Artist and Philanthropist Offset was detained by the Beverly Hills Police Department following an attack by aggressive Trump supporters,” the statement reads. “He was released shortly thereafter. Offset thanks his fans for their support and wishes everyone peace and safety during these trying times. He encourages everyone to get out and vote because nothing changes if nothing changes.”
According to police, around 5 p.m. in the area of South Santa Monica Boulevard and North Beverly Drive, a person taking part in the Trump rally reported that someone in the car carrying two men pointed a gun.
“The victim of the crime did not desire to press charges for the pointing of the weapon,” police said in a statement. Police also reassured Offset was no arrested.
As of 6:40 a.m. Sunday, Almanzar was still in jail, according to records.
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