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Gov. Andy Beshear apologizes to Tupac Shakur

Posted at 5:52 PM, Apr 28, 2020

FRANKFORT, Ky. (LEX 18) — Gov. Andy Beshear began his Tuesday press conference with an apology to a Kentucky resident.

During his Monday press conference, Beshear addressed the state about an individual who filed for unemployment under the name Tupac Shakur, the same name as a notorious rapper who rose to prominence during the 1990s.

"We had somebody apply for unemployment for Tupac Shakur here in Kentucky," Beshear said on Monday. "That person probably thought they were being funny, they probably did, except for the fact that because of them, we've got to go through so many other claims."

However, it turns that out that the unemployment claim filed under the notorious rapper's name was not a prank. There is a Kentucky resident with the legal name of Tupac Shakur that goes by Malik. On Tuesday morning, Beshear called Shakur to apologize and also apologized to him during his Tuesday press conference.

"He was gracious and I said I am sorry if I embarrassed him or caused him any attention that he didn't want," Beshear said of his apology to Shakur. "He (Shakur) was very kind. He ended the call, God bless, and we're going to make sure that we resolve his claim."