ATLANTA — A lawyer for T.I. says the Grammy-winning rapper by no means obtained to inform his facet of the story to police earlier than they arrested him after a pre-dawn try this week to enter his gated group close to Atlanta.
T.I. was arrested early Wednesday after getting in an argument with a safety guard, mentioned Henry County Deputy Police Chief Mike Eire. Media stories say the hip-hop artist, whose actual identify is Clifford Harris, had misplaced his key and the guard wouldn’t let him into the complicated.
Police mentioned the 38-year-old artist was charged with disorderly conduct, public drunkenness and easy assault after which launched on bail.
The rapper’s lawyer, Steve Sadow, issued a press release that his consumer had been “wrongfully arrested.” Sadow mentioned the group guard was asleep when his consumer arrived on the guardhouse and it took “a while to get up the sleeping guard.”
Sadow mentioned T.I. recognized himself and sought entry, however the guard refused. The rapper contacted his spouse Tameka “Tiny” Cottle, who confirmed that her husband ought to be allowed contained in the group, in line with his lawyer.
“The guard continued to refuse entry with out justification,” Sadow mentioned in a press release, referring to T.I. as Tip. “Phrases have been exchanged and apparently the guard and/or a supervisor known as the police. When the police arrived, they weren’t concerned about listening to Tip’s facet of the story and wrongfully selected to finish the scenario by arresting Tip.”
Eire mentioned T.I. was arrested together with a good friend.
T.I. is among the largest names in hip-hop, with a number of platinum-selling albums and singles, manufacturing credit and roles in movies like “ATL” and “American Gangster.”
He served about seven months in jail in 2009 after his arrest on federal gun prices.
He additionally spent about 10 months in federal jail on a probation violation in 2010 after he was arrested on drug prices in Los Angeles. The drug arrest violated his probation — he had been ordered to not commit a criminal offense and to not illegally possess any managed substances — and led to an 11-month jail sentence at an Arkansas jail.
Apart from his arrest Wednesday, the rapper has stayed out of hassle in recent times. He’s been energetic in group outreach, specializing in youth applications for girls and boys. He additionally has served as one in all 38 advisers for brand new Atlanta mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms’ first 100 days in workplace.
In April, T.I. was amongst 1000’s who marched in a rally marking the 50th anniversary of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination. The rapper additionally has taken half in a march in Atlanta towards police-involved capturing deaths of African-People and in a protest towards President Donald Trump in New York.
T.I. has expressed frustration over Trump’s posts on Twitter, however mentioned he intends to give attention to doing issues that “have an effect on our communities in a optimistic mild.”
A 12 months in the past, the rapper mentioned he solely deliberate to launch about two or three extra albums, telling The Related Press in an interview that it was “positively time to transition.”
T.I.’s hits embrace “What You Know,” ”No matter You Like“ and ”Dwell Your Life.“ In 2016, he launched the politically charged initiatives ”Us or Else“ and ”Us or Else: Letter to the System.“ They served as inspiration for his brief movie, ”Us or Else,“ which subsequently debuted on BET.
T.I., his spouse and their kids starred within the VH1 actuality present “T.I. & Tiny: The Household Hustle,” which debuted in 2011. The present’s ultimate episode aired final 12 months.