By Ben Kesslen
Rapper Offset, a member of the hip hop trio Migos, was detained by police in Beverly Hills, California, on Saturday while streaming the encounter on Instagram Live.
Authorities pulled over Offset, born Kiari Kendrell Cephus, just around 5 p.m. after receiving “information from a passerby of a subject who pointed a weapon from a vehicle at him,” the Beverly Hills Police Department said in a statement.
Offset was driving with Marcelo Almanzar, who police arrested at the scene on charges of carrying a concealed weapon and carrying a loaded firearm in public. Beverly Hills police said the victim of the alleged crime did not want to press charges against Almanzar, 20, whose bail was set for $35,000. Offset himself was not arrested, despite earlier reports that he was.
A representative for Offset did not immediately respond to an NBC News request for comment.
The police stop was streamed on Offset’s Instagram Live, watched by tens of thousands of people. On the stream, Offset said he didn’t want to take his hands off the wheel when officers asked him to turn off his car because the police had guns.
“We were told you guys were waving guns at people,” one police officer can be heard saying. As officers begin to try to open the door of Offset’s car, he protests, saying their actions are illegal.
The incident happened in an area of a Pro-Trump rally, according to police.
Almanzar shares a last name with Cardi B, who filed for divorce from Offset in September after three year of marriage, but recently reunited with him for her birthday.
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