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Marcelo Almanzar, who was in the car with Offset, was arrested and charged with carrying a hidden and loaded weapon in public
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Offset was arrested and released by Beverly Hills police on Saturday night after participating in a rally in support of President Donald Trump.
In a statement, the BHPD confirmed the arrest of a 20-year-old man, Marcelo Almanzar, accused of carrying a concealed weapon and a loaded firearm in public. The bond for Almanzar, who shares a last name with Offset’s wife Cardi B and is his cousin, according to TMZ, has been set at $ 35,000.
“Media reported that Entertainer Offset has been arrested,” the statement read. “These reports are inaccurate.”
Police say a passer-by saw Almanzar “point a pistol from a vehicle at him”. However, they did not bring any charges.
Offset, née Kiari Kendrell Cephus, was arrested while recording the dispute with law enforcement on Instagram Live. The video, widely shared on social media, shows Offset arguing with several police officers and being dragged out of his car after refusing to get out of his vehicle at the request of the police.
“Artist and philanthropist Offset has been arrested by the Beverly Hills Police Department after an attack by aggressive Trump supporters,” an Offset representative said in a statement to PEOPLE. “He was released shortly thereafter. Offset thanks his fans for their support and wishes everyone peace and security in these difficult times. He encourages everyone to come out and vote because nothing changes if nothing changes.”
On Offset’s Instagram Live, an off-camera officer asks rapper Migos why he’s not getting out of the vehicle. The rapper replies, “Because you have guns.”
“It’s my choice,” the officer says in the clip.
“I’m not going to move my hands off the wheel,” Offset replies.
Another group of officers – trapped in front of the camera – ask the rapper to leave the vehicle.
“We have been told that you are waving weapons,” said a policeman.
“I’m a celebrity. Do you know who I am?” The rapper responds. “I am transferred from Migos. They are fans, so they follow me, my brother.”
“It has nothing to do with why we are here,” the policewoman explains in the clip. “We have been told you are waving weapons.”
Offset then says that someone “hit my car with a flag”. Shortly after, a male officer is captured who pulls rapper “Clout” out of the vehicle.
Several eyewitnesses filmed Offset being released by the police.
The previous Saturday, Cardi B, 28, recorded a Trump rally in Beverly Hills and said she was “scared.”
“I really have a feeling we’re going to jump,” she said on her Instagram story. It does not appear that Cardi B was in the vehicle with Offset at the time of her arrest.
The news of Offset’s arrest comes more than a week after Cardi B announced the rapper couple were back after their divorce in September.