BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. – A passenger in a car driven by Migos rapper Offset was arrested Saturday evening on charges of carrying a concealed, loaded firearm in public, police said.
The Beverly Hills Police Department tweeted that 20-year-old Marcelo Almanzar is being held on a $35,000 bail.
Offset, who is married to rapper Cardi B, livestreamed himself on Instagram being questioned by police; he was later released. The video was widely shared on social media before being deleted.
In it, Offset tells a police officer he won’t exit the vehicle “because you’ve got guns out” and “I’m not going to move my hands from the steering wheel.”
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“Artist and Philanthropist Offset was detained by the Beverly Hills Police Department following an attack by aggressive Trump supporters. He was released shortly thereafter,” Derrian Perry, Offset’s publicist, told USA TODAY in a statement. “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.”
In the video, an officer tells Offset he’s been pulled over because “we were told that you guys were waving guns.”
“I’m a celebrity, you know who I am? I’m Offset from the Migos,” the rapper replies. “You just watched somebody beat my car up with a flag.” An officer then reaches inside the open window to unlock the door and remove him from the car.
Police said they received information from a passerby about a person who pointed a weapon at him from a vehicle near South Santa Monica Blvd and North Beverly Drive. The passerby provided a license plate, and patrol units stopped the vehicle and investigated.
Officials added that reports that Offset had been arrested were inaccurate.
Contributing: The Associated Press