Mike Bigga, the rapper formerly known as Killer Mike, has denied allegations of any wrongdoing in a case where he and other T.I. associates reportedly held a studio engineer hostage for hours.

In an e-mail to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Bigga, wrote, “These allegations are 100 percent false…While I don’t want these false allegations to tarnish my legacy as a rapper, I’m far more concerned with the impact this will have on the youth I frequently mentor and counsel.”

“I have worked endlessly as a youth advocate and community activist for people who hold the least amount of power – well before my career in rap,” he continued. “Everything I stand for is about being positive and productive, and I strongly believe in setting the right example for young people…[and] to promote a positive platform with youth and to discourage negativity and violence.”

As previously reported, a lawsuit filed by Norris Gresham against Tip, Bigga and several others, the man claims that he was held hostage for 12 hours and beaten in the rap superstar's Echo Studios, after being suspected of being responsible for a lost chain. Gresham says that he lost two teeth during the September 8 incident.

Stay tuned to XXLMag.com as more details become available. —Adam Fleischer