American rapper Killer Mike dismissed his arrest at the Grammy Awards, which won three major rap categories, as a “speeding violation.”
Los Angeles Police Department said he was taken into custody after an assault at an event on Sunday.
The 48-year-old, whose real name is Michael Render, was arrested on a misdemeanor battery charge, police added.
He has since been released and is scheduled to appear in court later this month.
“I hit a speed bump, so I’m going back to partying,” the rapper said on his Atlanta-based radio show in his first comments since his release.
When asked for details by the show’s host on Monday morning, he said: “We partied all night. It’s not like nothing happened. But we’re winners. That’s it.” .
According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the rapper blamed “excessive security” for the incident that led to his detention.
Video from the scene showed the Run the Jewels rapper being escorted out of Crypto.com Arena in downtown Los Angeles by police.
Witnesses in the arena reportedly heard someone yelling “Release Mike” as Mike was taken away.
The arrest took place just before the Grammy Awards prime-time broadcast began.
Before the event was televised, the outspoken rapper and political activist swept all three awards he was nominated for.
His song “Scientists & Engineers,” featuring Andre 3000, Future and Erin Allen Cain, won Best Rap Song and Best Rap Performance. Beating top stars like Drake and Nicki Minaj.
He also won his third award for Best Rap Album for his album Michael.
“You can’t say you’re too old, you can’t say it’s too late, you can’t say your dreams won’t come true!” he said while accepting his third Grammy of the night.
“Sweep! Sweep! Sweep!”
Although he won a Grammy in 2003 for a song he wrote with Outkast, Sunday’s win was Killer Mike’s first as a solo artist.
The Georgia native has been vocal about issues facing Black Americans, including police brutality and systemic racism.
He gained a lot of attention as a supporter of Bernie Sanders in the 2016 and 2020 presidential elections, but last week he announced his support for Joe Biden’s re-election on the Real Time with Bill Maher Show. refused.
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