The US governor of Kentucky has apologised to a resident named Tupac Shakur for assuming he recently applied for unemployment benefits under that name as a prank.
“We had somebody apply for unemployment for Tupac Shakur. [They] may have thought they were being funny,” said Andy Beshear at a press briefing.
But the man, who shares his name with the best-selling American rapper who died in 1996, is actually named Tupac Malik Shakur.
“I’m really embarrassed. That’s just my name,” Shakur told local paper the Lexington Herald-Leader. He said he had applied for unemployment on 13 March, as the virus forced millions of Americans out of work.
“I’ve been struggling for like the last month to figure out how to pay the bills,” said Shakur.