United States rapper TI has been arrested on disorderly conduct and public drunkenness charges as he tried to enter his gated community outside Atlanta.
The artist, whose real name is Clifford Harris, was arrested Wednesday morning outside of his gated community.
T.I. and a security guard reportedly got into an argument, during which T.I. asked the guard, "Don't you know who I am?" Then, the "Dope" performer and his pal began arguing with the guard.
The Henry County Sheriff's Office said T.I. was cited on misdemeanor charges of simple assault, disorderly conduct and public drunkenness after an alleged incident about 4 a.m.in Stockbridge, south of Atlanta. The rapper was released from the Henry County Jail about 8 a.m. Wednesday after posting $2,250 bond.
T.I. has since bonded out. "In regard to the assault charge, the rapper clarified that while there was a "very heated debate" between the two, things did not turn physical, adding, "[He] may have been hurt by my words".
The Blast spoke with T.I. following his arrest by "white cops in [his] very white area".
Doubling down on his assertion that T.I. was wrongfully detained, the rapper's attorney, Steve Sadow, accused the security guard of refusing to let him into his own neighborhood even after his wife, who was inside the residence, confirmed that he "should be let in immediately". "The guard was sound asleep when Tip arrived at the guardhouse".
Despite the headline-generating bust, Tip didn't spend much time in police custody or have to stand before a judge.
Aside from being a rapper and actor, T.I.is also a activist involved in local and national social issues. He says he demanded the guard's name, but the guy refused. Attorney Sadow says the officers had no interest in "hearing Tip's side of the story and wrongfully chose to end the situation by arresting Tip".
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