After a Twitter prank gone awry, Compton rapper The Game has been cleared of any wrongdoing by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department amid reports that the LASD would seek possible criminal charges. The Dr. Dre mentee made headlines on August 12 after sending a tweet to his 580,000 followers that was masked as a public offering of an internship with the rapper. The number was actually the direct emergency line for the LASD, with heavy call volume from Game’s fans jamming the phone number for a reported several hours.
Game, born Jayceon Taylor, will not be facing criminal charges after the Sheriff’s Department and Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office both concluded after an investigation that further prosecution would not be sought. After initially denying the tweet and claiming it was a mistake, the rapper issued a public apology on cable news station CNN but not before some defiant tweets seemingly mocking the reaction to the prank. “My sincerest apologies to the Sheriff’s Department, and it was a joke gone wrong,” said the rapper to the network.
The LASD issued a statement of their own in regards to the incident, with a brief explanation that the matter was settled internally. “Based upon our investigation, as well as consultation with the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, the LASD considers the criminal investigation into this matter closed,” said the sheriff’s department’s statement. “The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department will not be seeking criminal charges.”
Game’s fourth studio LP The R.E.D. Album is set for an August 23 release on Interscope Records.
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