“As you can imagine, there was a lot going and there was some confusion around which door my team and I should enter,” the rapper said of Sunday’s incident
Killer Mike is speaking out after he was handcuffed and questioned by police at the 2024 Grammys.
The incident occurred after the Atlanta rapper won best rap song and best rap performance for “Scientist & Engineers” and best rap album for Michael during the show’s pre-telecast ceremony.
In a video shared by The Hollywood Reporter‘s Chris Gardner on X, formerly known as Twitter, the musician was seen being escorted out of Crypto.com Arena by officers from the Los Angeles Police Department.
Breaking: Rapper Killer Mike has been taken away in handcuffs in https://t.co/aF2yiyTHol arena after winning 3 #Grammys during telecast (Best Rap Song and Best Rap Performance for “Scientists & Engineers,” Best Rap Album for Michael) “Free Mike” someone shouts as he walks past. pic.twitter.com/4epfmzqMt8
— Chris Gardner (@chrissgardner) February 5, 2024
On Sunday night, the LAPD confirmed on X that an adult male who “was detained & handcuffed for a physical altercation that occurred at the 700 block of Chick Hearn Court” was placed under arrest and transported to LAPD Central Division.
“As you can imagine, there was a lot going and there was some confusion around which door my team and I should enter. We experienced an over-zealous security guard but my team and I have the upmost confidence that I will ultimately be cleared of all wrongdoing. Until that time, keep listening to Michael, and keep going after your dreams,” Killer Mike said in a statement shared with PEOPLE.
Killer Mike said he and his team received “a number of calls from concerned fans and colleagues wanting to know if I was OK.”
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“I greatly appreciate the concern and support, but I am better than OK,” Killer Mike continued.
Apart from extending his appreciation to the Recording Academy for his awards, he shared that he had another big win following the ceremony.
“We are incredibly proud and are basking in this moment. I am also grateful that one of my prayers has been answered – the day after my Grammy win – I learned that my son, who has been on the list for a kidney for years, finally has a match. Obviously, we are elated,” his statement read.
A source tells PEOPLE that Mike was charged with a misdemeanor and that his team is “confident that the facts of the case, when laid bare, will show that Mike did not commit the alleged offense, and he will be exonerated.”
On X, Killer Mike thanked his wife, Shay, and those closest to him for their support.
“I want to express my heartfelt gratitude to my wife, Shay. You have held me down through thick and thin, and I couldn’t be prouder to be your husband and share this award with you,” his post read.