Too $hort

*Too $hort spent some time in an Idaho Ada County jail last Thursday, July 15 after he was arrested on three counts of misdemeanor assault and battery.

According to reports, the rapper got into a scuffle with three security guards who tried to stop him from apparently trying to escort some underage girls backstage.

On Monday, he released a statement to XXL magazine claiming that the details of the evening’s event were inflammatory.

“The accusations against me regarding my arrest in Idaho on July 15, were untrue and exaggerated,” he said. “Normally I would ignore rumors, but because of the nature of the story that’s being spread I had to say something. I don’t blame these outlets for running with the story because it’s about Too $hort the ‘dirty rapper’ who has never had a scandal and it involved the words ‘underage girls.’ However, due to my work with young people in Oakland I am extremely outraged at the way I am being portrayed. The incident that night was completely taken out of context and I have not and never will take advantage of any woman that is underage. Never that!

“These days people believe everything that they see on TV and these blogs. I have been dedicated to youth organizations and wish to continue to support them and I do not want my community and especially young people that look up to me to think that this is in the type of thing that I would do.”

Too $hort and his counterpart Michael T. Walton were charged with two counts of battery, but were released after posting bond. They will return to Boise for an Aug. 4 court date.