New details have emerged about the alleged incident that led to Killer Mike being arrested at the Grammys on Sunday. Mike, who was detained after winning three awards at the 2024 ceremony, has also released a statement in which he says that he has "the upmost confidence" that his name will be cleared.
Per Rolling Stone, a security guard working at the Grammys claimed that she was injured following an incident involving Killer Mike as he attempted to make his way into the Crypto.com arena in Los Angeles for Sunday night's ceremony. According to a law enforcement source, the security guard "asked for Killer Mike’s tickets and directed him to a security checkpoint, but he tried to go around her and allegedly injured her in the process." The security guard went on to sign a citizen’s arrest for misdemeanor battery, received medical treatment, and had her alleged injuries photographed, according to the source.
In his statement, Killer Mike gave his version of 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," he said in an announcement shared with Pitchfork, The Guardian, and others. "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.”
A source in Killer Mike’s team further added: “We hit a speed bump (a phrase also used by Mike in a radio interview on Monday) in that Mike was detained and charged with a misdemeanor after collecting his awards. On the way into the venue, there was considerable confusion around where to go. He encountered an over-zealous security guard and continued moving towards his destination. The situation has been overblown but we are 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.”
The veteran Atlanta rapper won Best Rap Album for his 2023 project Michael, as well as Best Rap Performance and Best Rap Song for “Scientists & Engineers,” a track from the album featuring André 3000.