People Staff
February 12, 2008 AT 01:00 PM EST

In an effort to clear his name, Héctor “El Father” spoke up about last weekend’s confusing gas station shootout, an incident that resulted in the arrest of four of his companions for attempted murder and gun law violations.

After performing at a private event in Aguada, Puerto Rico, the 26-year-old reggaetonero stopped at a gas station service center to eat with his friends. According to testimony against him, after he refused to sign an autograph for a female fan his companions got into an altercation with the fan’s husband. “I’ve been performing for 15 years, and I’ve never acted arrogant around a fan or a journalist. This all makes me sad, especially since I’m innocent. I’m keeping my head up and facing the situation,” the rapper said in an interview with Puerto Rican newspaper Primera Hora. He also explained that he didn’t even hear the gunshots. “I started running when the struggle was happening. I got in the car and left,” he said.

Witnesses claimed that El Father was the one who ordered his friends to shoot, but he denied those accusations. “I didn’t get close to the argument, and I didn’t say ‘shoot him’ or ‘hit him,'” he said in his defense.

The judge initially declared El Father innocent because of lack of evidence, but the District Attorney’s office is requesting another hearing for Feb. 25 so that evidence can be examined more closely.

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