By Monica Herrera
NEW YORK (Billboard) – Rapper Kid Cudi was held at gunpoint by police in Los Angeles Tuesday, in a case of mistaken identity during a search for suspected robbers.
Cudi, whose real name is Scott Mescudi, was in the middle of a photo shoot for Britain’s NME magazine when he and his entourage were pulled over on Fairfax Avenue by police.
NME reporter Emily Mackay later blogged about the incident, describing a dramatic scene that included “an angry, shaven-headed American policeman screaming, ‘KEEP YOUR TWO HANDS VISIBLE!’ while pointing a gun at the back of your head through the rear window.”
According to reports, Cudi and his entourage were ordered to exit three vehicles and kneel on the ground, where they were handcuffed. Police soon released the group, however, upon realizing that they had detained the wrong party.
“Such is life, apparently, when you roll with Kid Cudi and his crew,” added Mackay.
The incident occurred a week after the rapper left his opening slot on Lady Gaga’s Monster Ball tour — ostensibly to “balance his schedule” — in the wake of criticism for punching a fan at a tour stop in Vancouver.