One day after news broke of him assaulting a corrections officer, rapper DMX has released a statement in his defense. According to X, the media is to blame for portraying him as a violent individual.

"Many of you know me as DMX but right now I am speaking to you as Earl Simmons. Just a man trying to serve my time peacefully in order to put all this behind me, so I can carry on with my normal life," he said in a statement posted on TMZ.

"The truth of the matter is, in the eyes of many, I am not just a normal man but rather a celebrity, which can be a blessing and a [curse]. Since I have begun to serve my sentence, I have not been given any special treatment but it has actually been the opposite. For the record, I want to state 'I Did Not' physically touch or hit an officer. This is just another attempt to destroy my credibility."

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    GBP3,000 reward for information was offered, he was finally arrested Tuesday (09) afternoon - reportedly at the Miami Beach home of former Beyonce and 50 Cent producer Scott Storch. Storch himself had a warrant out on his name earlier this year over a child-support case and is said to be facing financial problems after the same water front mansion was placed in foreclosure.

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    In this police mug shot from the DeKalb County Sheriff's Office, musician Kid Rock, or Robert J. Ritchie, poses for a mug shot October 21. 2007 in DeKalb County, Georgia. Kid Rock was arrested in the early morning of October 21 after a fight at a Waffle House restaurant in DeKalb County.

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    Kid Rock, Feb. 16, 2005. Offense: Punching a disc jockey at an adult entertainment club.

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    This photo released by the Lee County Florida Sheriff s Office shows country singer Mindy McCready who was charged with battery and resisting arrest early Saturday morning July 21 2007 in Fort Myers Fla. McCready 31 was arrested and charged with the two misdemeanors, according to booking information. McCready was released on $1000 bail and is scheduled to appear in court Aug. 14.


    Country singer Mindy McCready smiles for the camera as she is charged with drink driving in Nashville, Tennessee in the early hours of Friday May 6.

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    Paris Hilton, June 3, 2007. Offense: Violating her probation in an alcohol-related reckless driving case,

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    Lindsay Lohan, July 24, 2007. Offense: DUI, cocaine possession and driving on a suspended license.

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    Oct. 5, 2007 booking photo released by the Ada County, Idaho, Sheriff's Office shows hip-hop star Lil Wayne.The lawyer of hip-hop star Lil' Wayne says his client never received a court summons, stemming from an arrest warrant on a felony fugitive charge from last year.

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    Snoop Dogg in his booking photograph after being charged with possession of a deadly weapon. The rapper handed himself in to sheriffs at Orange County Jail after a warrant was issued for his arrest. He was released on $150,000 bail after being charged with carrying a deadly weapon into John Wayne Airport. The star claimed the collapsible baton was a prop for a movie when he was held.

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    Kimora Lee Simmons, wife of hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons, is seen in this police mug shot July 26, 2004 in Saddle River, New Jersey. Simmons was arrested and charged with eluding an officer, possessing marijuana, careless driving and operating a vehicle while possessing drugs.

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Sheriff Joe Arpaio disputed the rapper's claims and insists that X was violent towards the corrections officer. The troubled rapper has been under 23-hour-a-day lockdown for more than three weeks, and has only been allowed bread and water as a punishment. Arpaio said X became agitated after he was told he could not have the meal he took from a serving tray. When the officer told him he couldn't have the food, X allegedly threw the tray at him and screamed "F--- you!"

X has been re-booked on felony aggravated assault charges. The 38-year-old is currently serving a 90-day sentence with 18 months of probation. If convicted his probation may be revoked and he face eight years in prison.

In January, X pleaded guilty to animal cruelty, drug and theft charges.