DMX wants his fans to know that despite reports that hit the net on Wednesday (Feb. 25), he did not assault a detention officer.

X - who is currently serving a 90 day sentence in Arizona’s Tent City prison facility for drug, theft and animal cruelty charges - issued a statement in his defense. “For the record, I want to state ‘I did not physically touch or hit an officer,” he told TMZ. “This is just another attempt to destroy my credibility.”

Details on the incident in question have emerged since yesterday. The Yonkers MC was put on 23-hour-lockdown earlier this month for a separate incident and prisoners under lockdown are forced to eat different food from the other inmates as punishment. According to the Phoenix New Times, when X tried to walk away with an order of regular food, an officer noticed and told him to put it back. X then responded by throwing the tray at him and yelling profanities, a spokesperson for Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arapio said.

This action is considered an assault by Phoenix authorities although the rapper never actually used his hands.

Per the Phoenix New Times, if the action is considered a probation violation, he could be behind bars for 10 years as opposed to 8 as initially reported. – Elan Mancini