After being escorted out of the 2024 Grammys, multiple law enforcement sources have disclosed to NBC News how rapper Killer Mike ended up in handcuffs despite winning multiple awards.

The artist, whose given name is Michael Santiago Render, was detained for questioning by the Los Angeles Police Department and escorted out of the Grammys' venue, Arena, on February 4 following an altercation with a female security guard, according to sources who spoke to NBC News on February 6.

According to one of the law enforcement sources, the rapper pushed the female security guard down twice and threw an elbow as she attempted to prevent him and another individual from bypassing a security checkpoint.

The female security guard then initiated a citizen’s arrest, resulting in a misdemeanor charge for the musician. He was booked on suspicion of misdemeanor battery and released at 8:37 p.m. that evening, before the awards ceremony concluded.

The incident caused injuries to the security guard, who was treated on scene by Los Angeles Fire Department personnel, according to a source.

Representatives for Killer Mike did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

In an earlier statement, Killer Mike thanked fans for their support, stating that he's doing "better than OK" following the incident.

“I greatly appreciate the concern and support, but I am better than OK. As you can imagine, there was a lot going and there was some confusion around which door my team and I should enter,” the artist said.

“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,” he continued.

The rapper's team referred to the incident as "overblown" in a statement to NBC News and expressed confidence that the facts of the case would demonstrate that he did not commit the alleged offense, leading to his exoneration.

LAPD Chief Michel Moore addressed the incident at Tuesday’s police commission meeting, stating that the department was obligated to carry out the private person’s arrest under state law.

During the meeting, Police Commissioner Rasha Gerges Shields voiced concerns about the rapper's arrest and publicly questioned whether Taylor Swift would have been handcuffed and booked under similar circumstances.

Moore clarified that while LAPD officers carried out the detainment of the rapper, it was a private citizen’s arrest made at the direction of a security guard who claimed to be the victim of battery.

“Regardless of race, if this was Taylor Swift, I assure you that the actions of these officers are absolutely in response to the state law that requires it,” Moore asserted, mentioning he did not know the race of the security guard involved.

Moore also disclosed that he personally intervened and directed Killer Mike's release from police custody even before the booking process was completed.

“So every discretion, I believe at this juncture, was exercised,” he stated. “And I stand by our officers’ actions on this.”

According to jail records, Killer Mike is scheduled to appear in court on February 29.

The news of Killer Mike's removal from the Grammy event emerged after The Hollywood Reporter's Chris Gardner shared a video of the artist handcuffed.

Despite the incident, Killer Mike was nominated for three Grammy Awards: best rap song and best rap performance for “Scientists & Engineers” and best rap album for “Michael,” his sixth studio album. He won all three categories during the pre-show event and celebrated his sweep during his acceptance speech.

"Atlanta, it's a sweep! You cannot tell me that you get too old, you can't tell me it's too late," he exclaimed in a video shared on his Instagram. "You can't tell me! Dreams come true! It is a sweep."

The musician's last Grammy nomination was in 2018 for best rap song for "Chase Me."

Hosted by comedian and former “Daily Show” host Trevor Noah for the fourth consecutive year, the 2024 Grammys were broadcast live from the Arena in Los Angeles at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT. They were available to watch on CBS and various streaming platforms.

SZA led the list of nominees with nine nominations, while stars like Taylor Swift, Phoebe Bridgers, Olivia Rodrigo, Victoria Monet, and others were also up for awards. Performers included Dua Lipa, Luke Combs, Joni Mitchell, and more.

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