American rapper Michael Render, popularly known as, Killer Mike, was arrested on Sunday, January 4, 2024, shortly after winning three awards at the 66th Grammys.
A senior staff writer of Hollywood Reporter, Chris Gardner, in a post via X, reported that the rapper was “taken away handcuffs” in the Crypto.com arena during a telecast for the main categories.
Before his arrest, the 48-year-old rapper had the best night of his life, winning Best Rap Song and Best Rap Performance for ‘Scientists & Engineers,’ and the Best Rap Album for Michael.
However, shortly after he posed for the camera with his awards, the police arrived and led him out of the venue.
The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) has not said why he was arrested, but it was gathered that it was for a misdemeanour and was not related to the awards.
Sharing a clip of the rapper being taken away by some law enforcement officers, Gardener captioned the video: “Breaking: Rapper Killer Mike has been taken away in handcuffs in Crypto.com 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.”
Render, was in the process of being released by the Los Angeles police department, an LAPD spokesperson confirmed on Sunday night.
“On Sunday, 4 February, just after 4pm, a male adult was detained and handcuffed for a physical altercation that occurred at the 700 block of Chick Hearn Court,” a statement said.
“The suspect was placed under arrest and was transported to LAPD Central Division. The suspect has been identified as 48-year-old Michael Render and booked for Misdemeanor Battery 243(A) PC, and is in the process of being released.”
From celebration to detention
Report also has it that Render was celebrating just before he was detained.
“The only thing that limits your age is not being truthful about your age or what you’re doing,” he said backstage.
“At 20 years old, I thought it was cool to be a drug dealer,” he added. “By 40, I started to live with the regrets and the things I’ve done. At 45, I started to rap about it. At 48, I stand here as a man full of empathy and sympathy for the things I’ve done.”
When he collected his third award, the Atlanta-based rapper shouted out “Sweep! Atlanta, it’s a sweep!”
“For all the people out there that think you get too old to rap, bullshit,” he said during the pre-telecast.
He doesn’t care, he said using an expletive, “if you’re 78 rapping about how many gals you got in the nursing home, make sure we keep hip-hop alive”.
A representative for the rapper is yet to respond to requests for comment and also, members of his team at the Grammys declined to comment.