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Rapper Nipsey Hussle handcuffed and questioned in Leimert Park

Rapper Nipsey Hussle. (24116)
Rapper Nipsey Hussle.

Rapper Nipsey Hussle was questioned by police because he was thought to have been brandishing a handgun in Leimert Park during protests over George Zimmerman’s acquittal, but he was later released, it was reported today.

Hussle, 27, whose real name is Ermias Ashghedom, was detained around 8 p.m. Tuesday near Crenshaw Boulevard and 39th Street, according to reports from the scene.

The celebrity news website reported that the rapper was handcuffed briefly, and police then let him go after determining that he did not have a gun.

The incident occurred in an area where protests over Zimmerman’s acquittal in the killing of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin were taking place, CBS2 reported.

Hussle’s work includes the mixtape series “Bullets Ain’t Got No Name” and “The Marathon,” according to