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Killer Mike Speaks Out After Grammys Arrest

A senior law enforcement source says a female security guard working the star-studded event claims she was injured by the rapper during a confrontation inside the Arena in Los Angeles.

The 48-year-old rapper born Michael Santiago Render was detained at L.A.’s Arena just before the kick-off of the prime-time broadcast after winning three top hip-hop prizes during the Grammys Premiere Ceremony before the televised program.

Appearing on V103’s Big Tigger Morning Show on Monday morning (Feb. 5), Mike, who said he’d been up all night at parties, appeared to downplay the incident when host Tigger asked “what happened” on Sunday night. “I won a Grammy,” Mike said. “We party all night. Shout out to my record label. Ain’t nothing had happened, man. But we winners. That’s it.”

Tigger attempted to approach the question from a different angle, asking why Mike left the Grammys and came back. “Didn’t I look good? I was fresh. All black man,” Mike answered, focusing on his outfit, the car he drove up in and the $400K Cuban link necklace he was rocking in lieu of addressing the details of the arrest. “Then I went and picked up all the gold… We hit a speed bump and then we hit back to the party,” Mike said in the only seeming reference to his arrest.

After scooping up best rap song and best rap performance for “Scientists & Engineers” and best rap album for his solo effort Michael, Mike was detained on a misdemeanor charge. In a late night tweet, the LAPD public information office issued a statement on the arrest, writing, “On Sunday February 4th just after 4pm a male adult was detained & handcuffed for a physical altercation that occurred at the 700 block of Chick Hearn Court. The suspect was placed under arrest and was transported to LAPD Central Division.”

In an email to Billboard on Monday morning (Feb. 5), a spokesperson for the LAPD confirmed that the suspect named in Sunday tweet was Render, who was booked for misdemeanor battery and released on no bail. At press time spokespeople for the rapper and the Recording Academy had not returned Billboard‘s request for further comment and no additional information was available on the incident that precipitated the arrest.

When co-host Jazzy asked if being “carried out or being arrested” overshadowed the three wins, Mike was again adamant that it did not spoil his big night. “I wasn’t carried outta nowhere. I didn’t carry… we not even gonna allow you to ask that question,” Mike said, noting that an artist out of Atlanta won best rap album for an LP released during the year when hip-hop was celebrating its 50th anniversary.

TMZ also received a statement from Mike about the incident, “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 utmost confidence that I will ultimately be cleared of all wrongdoing. Until that time, keep listening to ‘Michael,’ and keep going after your dreams.”

In any case, we’re told there was considerable confusion about where to go and how to get in — and as Mike and co. were trying to figure this out, they encountered a security guard who apparently started giving them a hard time … with Mike choosing to keep it pushin’.

Namely, he blew past the guard … and that seems to have resulted in them chasing him down after the fact — something TMZ got video of in the immediate aftermath of this alleged incident. In the end, we know what happened … Mike was detained and ultimately arrested.

Listen to the interview below.

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