'Ice Road Truckers' Star About That Whole Hooker Kidnapping Thing

4/23/2014 6:06 AM PDT

'Ice Road Truckers' Star Tim Zickuhr -- About That Whole Hooker Kidnapping Thing ... [VIDEO]


"Ice Road Truckers" star Tim Zickuhr claims HE is the victim and not the hooker he's accused of tying up, beating, and forcing to jump out a window ... and he is itching for his day in court.

As TMZ first reported, Zickuhr was charged with three felonies -- first degree kidnapping, extortion, and coercion -- after an incident involving a Las Vegas hooker last December.

Zickuhr told our TMZ photog he did not hire the woman as a prostitute, instead insisting she's a friend. Zickuhr says he was trying to be a nice guy by loaning the woman money ... giving her his ATM card and PIN number.  Instead of taking out a little ... Zickuhr claims she wiped him out.

Zickuhr says he never tied her up, never beat her and never made her jump out of a window ... but admits this whole ordeal has probably ruined his career in Hollywood. 

BTW ... yes, we know that's Syrus from "Real World: Boston" standing next to him in the video. And yes, that's weird as hell.