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‘I’m Black:’ Fugees’ Pras Says His Skin Color Is Why He’s Being Investigated for His Connection to an International Fugitive Who’s Accused of Stealing Billions

Pras is currently being investigated by the U.S. Department of Justice for his connection with Jho Low, a Malaysian businessman who’s accused of trying to sneak large sums of money into U.S. bank accounts.

Allegedly, Low wanted to use the funds to bribe DOJ officials since they were looking to bring criminal charges against him. Low is currently wanted by Malaysian authorities in connection with the misappropriation at least $4.5 billion from a Malaysian government investment fund between 2009 and 2015. The U.S. government has been assisting Malaysia in tracking down assets held around the world by Low, who remains an international fugitive.

Pras said he's being investigated by the Department of Justice because he's Black

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TThere have been no U.S. criminal charges filed against Low or Pras but that could change. Pras is accused of having certain business dealings with Low, hence the investigation, and the rapper said he’s baffled by it all.

“I’m a little bit confused too,” said Pras told TMZ of his connection to Low. “I know the guy, obviously. It’s like they’re writing a movie right now. It feels like a movie with this whole allegation … I have lawyers, obviously. I’m very confident [I’ll be vindicated].”

“It’s allegations of me trying to help some guy come here, bring money here,” he continued. “It’s weird … I’m not really sure of the whole story. I haven’t been really paying attention to it. So a bunch of us used to know the guy, because he used to come here in the States. That’s the extent of my relationship with him.”

The reporter then asked Pras if he thought getting tied up with the wrong person led to the investigation against him, and he said it’s something else.

“No, I think it’s the fact that I’m Black,” 100 percent,” he explained. “Just the vibe. What’s interesting, though. They’ll come after someone like me, but clearly won’t go after someone who murders someone at some embassy.”

Pras is referring to the murder and reported cover-up of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi who was killed while visiting a Saudi consulate in October.

You can see Pras’ interview below.

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