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Rapper Offset, the husband of profane rapper Cardi B, was detained at a Trump rally in Beverly Hills this Saturday after his wife’s cousin reportedly pointed a gun at supporters of the president.
Video footage recorded by Offset, whose real name is Kiari Kendrell Cephus, showed a group of cops surrounding his vehicle and politely asking him to turn it off.
What ensued was an argument in which the rapper eventually exclaimed, “I’m a f–king celebrity! Do you know who I am? Offset from the Migos!”
Watch (*Language warning):
Offset just got arrested on IG live wtf pic.twitter.com/cZreYSv0F7
— Trashvis (@Trashvis) October 25, 2020
“I’m giving you a lawful order, turn off the engine,” the video began with an officer saying.
“I’m not doing no orders. You got guns pointed at me. I’m not feeling to move my hand from my steering wheel,” Offset replied.
“We were told you guys were waving a gun,” another officer said.
“You said somebody was told that? I’m a f–king celebrity They fans. That’s why they following me, bro,” the rapper replied.
“That has nothing to do with why we are here,” the officer told him.
In response, the rapper then claimed somebody had just “beat my car with a flag.”
Originally shared on Instagram Live, the video above quickly went viral and led to rumors forming that Offset had been arrested. But in a statement released shortly afterward on Facebook, the Beverly Hills Police Department disputed this.
Beverly Hills police just sent me this statement:
Cardi B’s cousin, Marcelo Almanzar, was arrested for possession of a concealed loaded weapon.
Offset was detained and then released pic.twitter.com/YUChtwmoxj
— philip lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) October 25, 2020
“On 10/24/2020, at approximately 5:02PM, Beverly Hills Police received information from a passerby of a subject who pointed a weapon from a vehicle at him; in the area of South Santa Monica Blvd and N. Beverly Drive,” the department wrote.
“The passerby provided a license plate to the vehicle, and the vehicle was stopped by patrol units a short distance away. After the on scene investigation, the passenger in the vehicle was arrested. The victim of the crime did not desire to press charges for the pointing of the weapon.”
The arrested “passenger” was identified as Cardi B’s cousin, Marcelo Almanzar. The arrest happened near a Trump rally.
According to multiple reports, Offset and Almanzar got into an argument of some sort with Trump supporters while driving through the rally. At some point in time, the cousin then waved a gun at them.
“There have been media reports that entertainer Offset was arrested. Those reports are inaccurate,” the department’s report concluded.
On 10/24/2020, at approximately 5:02PM, Beverly Hills Police received information from a passerby of a subject who…
Additional video footage recorded by bystanders showed officers pulling Offset out of the vehicle and searching him.
— yababymamafav🥶 (@Yg__willie) October 25, 2020
While the rapper got off scot-free this time, according to the Daily Mail he has a “lengthy rap sheet.”
“In 2013, he was briefly held in custody for violating probation that he had received due to prior convictions for burglary and theft. In 2015, he was arrested for marijuana possession and firearm possession. He was denied bond due to his earlier criminal convictions,” the British outlet noted.
“While being held in a Georgia correctional facility, Offset was charged with battery and inciting a riot after attacking another inmate. He spent the next eight months behind bars.”
Responding to Offset’s arrest, outspoken conservative Hollywood actor James Woods warned that people like him may become a staple at the White House if Democrat presidential nominee Joe Biden wins the November race:
If Biden manages to steal the election, this gentleman will be at the White House for Easter… https://t.co/vWeqdN9lQd
— James Woods (@RealJamesWoods) October 25, 2020
That claim was likely based on what happened during the Obama administration. In 2016, Biden’s partner-in-crime, then-President Barack Obama, invited a group of gangster rappers to the White House, despite one of those rappers being on house arrest for pistol-whipping and kidnapping one of his coworkers.
Dovetailing back to the present, Offset’s wife, pro-Democrat rapper Cardi B, also drove through the Trump rally. Instagram Live videos showed her cruising through the rally in a Rolls Royce as she exclaimed how much she disliked seeing “how they walking around.”
“I really feel like we’re going to get jumped. Oh my God! Ahhh! Trump supporters are everywhere. I’m scared. I don’t like it with they big ass trucks. I don’t like this shit. Look at this. Look at how they’re walking around with fake guns and covering their f–king face,” she said in them.
The Trump supporters seen in the clips were wearing masks and carrying toy guns.
Offset’s detainment led to some Twitter users saying that the person who’d reported him and his cousin-in-law should be arrested as per a law signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom that makes it a hate crime to make a “bogus 911 call based on a persona’s actual or received race.”
California just passed the CAREN Act so if Offset was not waving a gun, the person who called the police needs to be arrested.
— The Qui Source (@CostellaCARES) October 25, 2020
The problem is that someone — Offset’s cousin-in-law, to be exact — had been waving a gun, meaning the call was 100 percent legitimate …
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