Who is the former Kanye West publicist who was charged with a crime alongside Donald Trump

Trevian Kutti, a former Kanye West publicist and stylist, is among 19 individuals indicted with former President Donald Trump for alleged efforts to overturn the 2020 election result in Georgia. The Chicago-based publicist is charged under Georgia's racketeering law. The charge sheet accuses Kutti of helping to conspire "to unlawfully change the outcome of the election in favor of Trump". The court document alleges that Kutti was recruited by Harrison Floyd, the leader of Black Voices for Trump and a co-defendant in the case, to travel to Atlanta to contact Ruby Freeman, an election worker.

Kutti has previously denied the depiction of the meeting in the indictment is false. The BBC has reached out to her for comment. She allegedly lied to Freeman's neighbor, saying she was a "crisis manager" who had come to help the vote counter. Freeman was falsely accused of being a "professional vote scammer" and "political operative" by Trump in the weeks and months after the 2020 election. Many of the former president's supporters also baselessly accused Ms Freeman and her daughter, Shaye Moss, of being part of an illegal scheme to input 18,000 false ballots for President Joe Biden into election counting machines.

The indictment alleges that Freeman met the publicist at a Cobb County Police Department precinct on 4 January 2021. During the meeting, Kutti allegedly asked Freeman to confess to voter fraud and warned her she was "in danger." Kutti also warned people would come to Freeman's home in 48 hours if she didn't confess.

Kutti, who has also lobbied for cannabis companies in Illinois, posted on social media that the allegations of the details of her meeting with Freeman were false. She claimed that fake news collectives used her prior work with Kanye West to negatively associate her with Trump.


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