President Obama’s high school best friend, who at one time was ‘like a brother’ to him, has been accused of brutally raping and beating a woman, it emerged today.
Keith Kiyoshi Kakugawa, 54, from Eureka, California, was arrested at his home last Sunday and booked into Humboldt County Jail on suspicion of false imprisonment, sexual penetration by force, oral copulation by force and battery.
The arrest is the latest in a long list of convictions for Kakugawa, who was close friends with the President when they both attended Panahou High School.
Since then, their lives have gone down completely different paths and Kakugawa is said to be so bitter over it, he even threatened to reveal stories from their school days after Obama became president.
‘It’s a sad tale of how two young boys who were best friends in high school took drastically different paths in their lives,’ Kakugawa’s father Kenneth told the National Enquirer.
‘When Keith started to face hard times, he grew resentful and bitter of Barry’s success.
‘I’m sure [the President] would be disappointed to find out he has been arrested for rape. They were as close as brothers at one time in their lives.’
The 54-year-old has been in and out of prison, mainly for possession and dealing of cocaine, and spent some time living on the streets due to alcohol and drug problems.