Kanye West has a complicated relationship with Donald Trump, but has generally been an outspoken supporter of the ex-president. Even though it’s no surprise that West was likely hoping for the November 2020 election to go in Trump’s favor, the idea that the rapper would send an employee to intimidate a Georgia ballot worker into giving false testimony sounds absurd. While there’s no evidence that Trevian Kutti acted upon West’s directives, a police report and bodycam footage obtained by Reuters suggests that the rest of the story is exactly what happened.
According to the documents and footage, Kutti told Ruby Freeman at her doorstep in Georgia that at the bequest of a “high-profile individual” (presumably West) in order to warn Freeman that if she did not say she had tampered ballots, “unknown subjects” would turn up to her home in “48 hours.” Freeman then called emergency services; a recording of the call contained audio of Kutti stating in the background that she knew that it would “disrupt” Freeman’s “freedom,” along with the “freedom of one or more of your family members.” She also called Freeman “a loose end for a party that needs to tidy up.”
After an hour, Kutti was escorted from Freeman’s home. A spokesperson for West later told The Washington Post that 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.”