Killer Mike Speaks Out After Being Handcuffed and Questioned by Police at 2024 Grammys
Killer Mike has spoken out after he was handcuffed and questioned by police at the 2024 Grammys. In a statement shared with PEOPLE, the rapper said that he is “confident that I will ultimately be cleared of all wrongdoing.”
The incident occurred after Killer Mike 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, the Musician was seen being escorted out of Crypto.com Arena by officers from the Los Angeles Police Department.
On Sunday night, the LAPD confirmed 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.
In his statement, Killer Mike said that he and his team received “a number of calls from concerned fans and colleagues wanting to know if I was OK.”
“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.
Killer Mike Speaks Out, Places Blame After Grammys Arrest
Killer Mike says he has the “upmost confidence” he’ll be “cleared of all wrongdoing” over his arrest at the Grammy Awards — blaming it all on “an over-zealous security guard.”
The Atlanta-based rapper, born Michael Render, was charged with misdemeanor battery for allegedly knocking down a security guard who did not get out of his way in the rain outside Cyrpto.com Arena.
The arrest came just after the 48-year-old picked up three Grammys in key rap categories — performance, song (“Scientists & Engineers”) and album (“Michael.”)
The MC claimed the fracas started from “confusion around which door my team and I should enter” during the chaos of the award ceremony.
“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,” he said.
The Run The Jewels rapper also noted in the statement that he was doing “better than OK” and was “incredibly proud” of his Grammys — his first since 2003.
He also shared that he learned on Monday that his son “finally” found a match for a kidney transplant.
A source told People Magazine that the artist was “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.”
He also thanked wife Shay for holding him “down through thick and thin.”
“I couldn’t be prouder to be your husband and share this award with you,” he said alongside a photo of her kissing his cheek at the ceremony.
Grammys: Killer Mike Arrested, Taylor Swift Comforts Ice Spice and 12 Things the Cameras Missed
The Grammy Awards made history on Sunday night as women dominated the big categories in a clean sweep, with Taylor Swift winning album of the year, Billie Eilish for song of the year, Miley Cyrus for record of the year and Victoria Monét for best new artist. By now, you may have read all those headlines, but there was a lot more action that went down inside Crypto.com Arena. The Hollywood Reporter was on the scene at the awards ceremony to catch the memorable moments that didn’t make the CBS telecast, including the arrest of a Grammy Award-winning rapper, a sweet moment between Swift and her “Karma” collaborator Ice Spice, and Celine Dion’s stealth entrance before her surprise showing onstage.
Killer Mike Handcuffed, Questioned and Arrested
The hard News story of the night happened before the first award was handed out during the primetime telecast. Rapper Killer Mike — fresh from winning three Grammys during the pre-televised portion of the event, including best rap song, performance and album — was detained and handcuffed for a physical altercation that occurred outside Crypto.com Arena. The Hollywood Reporter broke news of the story as it developed when the rapper, whose real name is Michael Render, was led through the arena in handcuffs around 4:20 p.m. and taken to a private security room to be questioned by authorities. The scene also saw Recording Academy CEO Harvey Mason Jr. drop by to speak with security and members of Mike’s entourage to investigate the matter. Less than two hours later, Killer Mike was placed under arrest and transported to LAPD Central Division, where he was booked for misdemeanor battery. The situation arose after a scuffle with a security guard as Killer Mike walked from Peacock Theater to Crypto.Com Arena and reportedly bumped into or knocked over the guard.
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
Killer Mike: “The Only Thing That Limits You Is You”
Before he ended up in handcuffs, the Atlanta-based rapper delivered words of wisdom from both the Peacock Theater stage and backstage press room in talking up his three wins. It proved to be a clean sweep as Killer Mike won in every category in which he was nominated, picking up honors for best rap album for Michael, and best rap song and performance for “Scientists and Engineers.” The 48-year-old seemed ecstatic to receive the Grammy love. “For all the people out there that think you get too old to rap, bullshit. I don’t give a damn if you’re 78 rapping about how many gals you got in the nursing home, make sure we keep hip-hop alive,” he said at the Grammys preshow at Peacock Theater. To the press, he looked back on his winding journey. “For 20 years I’ve been saying, ‘I can do it. I can do it. I can do it.’ And in [my] 20th year of hip-hop, here I am doing it. … I remember being in the fourth grade, they said it wouldn’t last two years. I remember being in eighth grade and they said it wasn’t a real art form. I