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UPDATE: T.I. has responded to reports of his arrest, reports The Blast.com:

T.I. says he called out the guard for sleeping on the job and an argument ensued between the two.  He says it was a “very heated debate,” but nothing ever became physical.  He says the guard eventually called the police, but says the law enforcement near his home are “white cops in a very white area,” and he was promptly arrested.

The artist tells us the security guard involved in the argument is black, which added to the frustration of the situation.  He says he gave the guard “every opportunity” to apologize for sleeping, but the guy refused.

T.I. is adamant that the guard was the aggressor and “antagonized” him.  He says he demanded the guard’s name, but the guy refused.

TI Mugshot
Henry County Police Department

As for the assault charge, T.I. says he “may have been hurt by my words,” but says he never laid a hand on the guy.

We’re told T.I. plans on pursuing legal action against his HOA for the incident with the guard.

 

ATLANTA (AP) — The rapper T.I. was arrested early Wednesday as he tried to enter his gated community outside Atlanta and was charged with disorderly conduct, public drunkenness and simple assault — but the artist’s lawyer called it a wrongful arrest.

Henry County Deputy Police Chief Mike Ireland said T.I. was arrested around 4:30 a.m. after he got into an argument with a security guard. Media reports say the Grammy-winning artist, whose real name is Clifford Harris, had lost his key and the guard wouldn’t let him into the community.

Ireland said T.I. and a friend were arrested. The rapper has been released on bail.

T.I.’s attorney, Steve Sadow, said in a statement that the rapper was “wrongfully arrested.” He claims the guard was asleep when his client arrived at the guardhouse and it took “some time to wake up the sleeping guard.”

Sadow said T.I. identified himself and sought entry, but the guard refused. The rapper contacted his wife Tameka “Tiny” Cottle, who confirmed that her husband should be allowed inside the community.

“The guard continued to refuse entry without justification,” Sadow said in a statement, referring to T.I. as Tip. “Words were exchanged and apparently the guard and/or a supervisor called the police. When the police arrived, they were not interested in hearing Tip’s side of the story and wrongfully chose to end the situation by arresting Tip.”

The rapper served about seven months in prison in 2009 after his arrest on federal gun charges.

He also spent about 10 months in federal prison on a probation violation in 2010 after he was arrested on drug charges in Los Angeles. The drug arrest violated his probation — he had been ordered not to commit a crime and not to illegally possess any controlled substances — and led to an 11-month prison sentence at an Arkansas prison.

T.I. is one of the biggest names in hip-hop, with multiple platinum-selling albums and singles, production credits and roles in films like “ATL” and “American Gangster.”

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9 thoughts on “Police: Rapper T.I. Arrested Outside His Gated Community

  1. Ted Gravely on said:

    Where is the video? I’m sure that guard gate has a video somewhere, or maybe not because the brother on duty was asleep. I understand what T.I. was trying to do, but he should have taken a picture or video the guy sleeping and called his wife to scoop him up. T.I. mentioned that the gate guard was black. He should have done like the white people – report him to management and let the chips fall where they may. All skin folk ain’t kin folk.

  2. Passing Through!! on said:

    He says he gave the guard “every opportunity” to apologize for sleeping, but the guy refused.
    *****
    So, you going to make the guard apologize for sleeping on the job? Who in the hell are you? What T.I. should have done was reported the guard to his supervisor or the security company that he works for as opposed to getting into a heated argument with him, he behaved just as unprofessionally as the security guard. The only thing he accomplished in this situation was giving the police a reason to lock his black ass up. The details are still kind of sketchy. Was T.i, refused entry or was the argument about the guard sleeping on the job? Why didn’t Tiny come down to the guard desk and pick him up? Could he have not showed the guard an I.D. or license? I believe Tip showed up tipsy acting a damn fool. I’m no huge fan of T.I. due to his male chauvinistic comments,” I can’t vote for the leader of the free world to be a woman,” T.I. said. “Just because, every other position that exists, I think a woman could do well. But the president? It’s kinda like, I just know that women make rash decisions emotionally.” And this is coming from a convicted felon.

    • Will on said:

      The man was home. The guard should have been fired.I am not a Hip hop fan but I have heard of TI. If I was TI I would be at the next home owners meeting. I would have insisted that the guard be fired. It he wasn’t fired I would have insisted that his boss was fired. It it was a private company that owned the security company. I would insist that we get a new security company.

  3. Mac Daddy on said:

    A simple search of Tip’s history will reveal he is a thug to all but the most senior of Plantation residents.

    • Mac Dummy, this will be the last time I’ll acknowledge you on this site, because you thrive on ignorance. It appears you’re “THE HEAD NEGRO IN CHARGE” of massa’s plantation. To the other comments, what does this man’s past history have to do with him trying to gain access to his home, and ending up being arrested. Especially after his wife said let him in. I would be highly pissed. Do you think George Clooney would’ve endured that? It’s not about his past, it’s about the same old, Do you belong here bullshit we are still confronted with.

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