The Cleveland, Ohio born rapper was doing a photoshoot for the upcoming issue of the British Magazine New Music Express. And according to a post on the magazine’s site following the shoot, the rapper and his entourage entourage got into two SUV’s and a Jeep and were stopped shortly down road, which had been set up with roadblocks. Cudi and his crew were immediately ordered out of the vehicle and were told to get on the ground on their knees because someone called the police and reported that a group of men were looting in the area.
Writer Emily Mackay was one of those on the scene, and according to her blog post about the incident, she, Cudi and others were handcuffed. She said that there were “10 or so armed police officers with an alarming amount of weaponry pointed in our direction as a helicopter circles overhead.” The rapper was released moments later, and the officer in charge claimed it was a case of mistaken identity. Cudi appeared “jovial” after the incident, Mackay said.
“Who knows, really, the story changed a bunch,” Cudi later told NME.com about the ordeal. “I’m just happy to be back. I’m a free man! For that moment I was not free. I was in handcuffs. It did not feel very comfortable.” A representative for the LAPD had no comment when contacted by MTV News. Representatives for Cudi were not available as of press time. The rapper’s manager, Plain Pat, tweeted about the incident, assuring fans that Cudi was not arrested.
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