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Rapper's Ankle Monitor Goes Off During White House Event

Rapper Rick Ross performs at Power 105.1's Powerhouse 2015 at Barclays Center on Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015, in Brooklyn, New York. (Photo by Scott Roth/Invision/AP)

It was an awkward situation for rapper Rick Ross when his ankle-monitoring bracelet went off while attending a high-level meeting with other rappers in Washington, D.C., about criminal justice issues.

What made the situation even more awkward for him — and everyone else involved — is that the meeting took place at the White House, and his electronic monitor started beeping right after President Obama finished speaking to the assembled group.

Ross was there along with a bunch of other rappers — Nicki Minaj, Busta Rhymes, J. Cole, Wale and DJ Khaled — to support Obama’s Brother’s Keeper youth initiative, ironically to keep men of color out of trouble.

It was a serious and fancy affair … enough to get Ross in a suit, which covered the ankle monitor he has to wear … a condition of release in his kidnapping case.

Ross is out on $2,000,000 bond for kidnapping, aggravated assault and aggravated battery of a man working on one of his homes. According to police, Ross and his bodyguard allegedly “forced the worker into a guesthouse bedroom and pistol-whipped him with a .9-mm Glock” after an argument.

Though he was initially held without bail, in July TMZ reported that a judge allowed him to be released on $2 million bail with a GPS ankle monitor.

While some might question the wisdom of inviting rappers to the White House to get their thoughts on pressing criminal justice issues, I dare say the vast majority of us question the wisdom of bestowing such an honor on a man who has recently been charged with kidnapping, aggravated assault, and aggravated battery. But when it comes to the Obama White House, truth is always stranger than fiction.