Kanye West’s former publicist Trevian Kutti is one of many individuals who have been indicted alongside Donald Trump for attempting to discredit, undermine and exacerbate the narrative of election fraud concerning the 2020 result in the ordinarily Republican state of Georgia.
Although figures such as Rudy Giuliani, John Eastman and Mark Meadows have been the main focus of the American Media concerning Trump’s inner circle, Kanye’s former publicist is among the 18 individuals who have been accused of meddling in the counting of votes in Georgia.
In 2020, Kutti was filmed convincing Ruby Freeman, a Georgia election worker, to recount votes. Kutti implicated her as a participant in election fraud regarding the 2020 presidential election and berated the worker who Trump had previously attacked.
Counts 30 and 31 of the indictment charge Kutti with “conspiracy to commit solicitation of false statement and writings” and “influencing witnesses,” respectively. Donald Trump’s closest allies have all been indicted for their respective attempts to coerce, deceive and lie to election workers in the hope of overturning Joe Biden’s legitimate claim to the presidency.
The legal document continues to read, Kutti “unlawfully conspired to solicit, request, and importune Ruby Freeman, a Fulton County, Georgia, election worker, to engage in conduct constituting the felony offence of False Statements and Writings.”
Alongside figures such as Lil Wayne and Azealia Banks, Kanye West was one of the first African-Americans within the hip-hop community to come out in support of Donald Trump during his 2016 presidential run and received much backlash for it.
Following the 2020 election, Kutti has been under much investigation and in 2021, a spokesperson for West said in a statement that “Trevian Kutti was not associated with Kanye West or any of his enterprises at the times of the facts that are reported in these articles or since these facts occurred.”