Like almost every high profile individual who have supported out going US president Donald Trump, the rapper Lil Wayne also known as Dwayne Michael Carter Jr was last week charged with weapons possession and faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted.
Carter’s lawyer, Howard Srebnick, said the charge related to a search of the star’s private jet in Miami in 2019, a search that turned up a gold-plated handgun in his luggage, which Carter said was a Father’s Day gift.
As an ex-convict, Carter, who previously spent eight months at Rikers Island jail on a weapons charge, is prohibited from possessing a firearm.
Miami-Dade police and FBI agents entered Carter’s plane on 23 December 2019 at Miami-Opa Locka executive airport and found it to be “readily apparent” that Carter was “under the influence of illicit narcotics based on his delayed speech and partially closed eyes.”
His lawyer insists there is no allegation that he ever fired it, brandished it, used it or threatened to use it and there is no allegation that he is a dangerous person.
Carter is not in custody and has not been arrested but has been summoned to appear in court on 11 December.
Carter recently met with Donald Trump and said they discussed the president’s “platinum plan” aimed at empowering Black Americans, which Carter said would “give the community real ownership”. His Trump endorsement prompted his girlfriend, model Denise Bidot, to break up with him.
Curtis Jackson (50 Cent) who also dabbled into supporting Trump presidency said in an interview on The Breakfast Club that he was offered $1million by Trump’s team who reached out to him and several other artists ahead of the 2020 election in what is speculated to be an attempt to appeal to Black voters.
When asked if he believed Wayne had received a similar offer for his recent Trump endorsement, “Yeah, I’m sure. … Easily, he got paid,” 50 said.