*Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear has apologized for saying someone named Tupac Shakur had applied for unemployment in the state, which he said was a clear example of fraud — but as it turns out, it’s actually the person’s real name.
The Lexington man was brought up by Beshear on Monday night as he spoke about the state processing all of March’s unemployment claims (due to the COVID-19 pandemic) by the end of April.
According to Beshear, Shakur represents the “bad apples” who “think they’re funny” by slowing down the process and making “thousands of other people wait” for their unemployment payments, NBC News reports.
But the Lexington Herald-Leader noted that Tupac Malik Shakur, 46, is a real-live human who worked as a cook before COVID-19 restrictions shut down restaurants.
Scroll up and watch the moment Tupac gets put on blast by the governor via the YouTube clip above.
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He filed for unemployment March 13 and has been waiting to receive his first check.
“I’ve been struggling for like the last month trying to figure out how to pay the bills,” Shakur said.
He told the newspaper he wondered why his benefits were being held up, but had no idea it was due to his claim being considered a prank because of his name.
“I’m hurt, I’m really embarrassed and I’m shocked,” Shakur said.
Beshear’s office said the state is now working to resolve his claim.
Beshear also called Shakur personally Tuesday to apologize.
“I understand, he’s dealing with a lot,” Shakur said. “Mistakes happen.”