Kanye West’s Ex-Publicist Surrenders to RICO Charges in Connection to Donald Trump’s Election Interference

by Xara Aziz
Left and Right: Fulton County Sheriff's Office

Kanye West’s ex-publicist, Trevian Kutti, has been named one of seven co-defendants in former president Donald Trump’s election interference case in Georgia.

Kutti is accused of posing as a crisis manager in an attempt to manufacture a voter-fraud confession from an election worker named Ruby Freeman. She surrendered to authorities Friday at 10 AM – just two hours before a Georgia court ordered her to turn herself in.

In her mugshot, Kutti is seen flashing a big smile while wearing a military camouflage jacket. It is unclear whether her outfit of choice was an attempt to send a political message.

She is also accused of “going on a crusade to convince Freeman to falsely confess to secretly dragging suitcases stuffed with fake ballots into the vote-counting process—a baseless conspiracy that Trump, Rudy Giuliani, and other election deniers parroted for weeks,” according to a The Daily Beast report.

“At one point, Kutti even showed up at Freeman’s home and told her that she ‘was in danger,’ and had just 48 hours before ‘unknown subjects’ would come after her, a police report said. A responding cop—still thinking Kutti was a crisis manager—suggested they continue chatting at a police station, which was recorded on video. Freeman was later found to have done nothing wrong.”

Michael Roman, Georgia state Senator Shawn Still, former Department of Justice official Jeffrey Clark, former Coffee County elections supervisor Misty Hampton, Atlanta attorney Bob Cheeley, and Chicago pastor Stephen Cliffgard Lee are the six other co-defendants who turned themselves in.

MAGA podcaster Silk – of Diamond and Silk – fundraised for Lee’s bond money and cut him a check for $3,500, according to Lee’s attorney, David Shestokas, who spoke with The Daily Beast Friday.

Silk, born Herneitha Hardaway, told her podcast listeners that “Pastor Lee needs to be in church Sunday,” and pleaded that they donate to a defense fund, Shestokas added.

All defendants are charged with violating the state’s RICO Act, among other charges.

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