Rapper TI arrested near Georgia home

Lula Sharp
May 17, 2018

T.I. then called a friend who arrived on the scene and also argued with the guard, prompting police to be called.

Atlanta-based rapper T.I. was arrested early Wednesday morning outside of the gated community where he lives. A security guard wouldn't let him in the community, and at some point T.I. called a friend.

The musician, whose legal name is Clifford Harris Jr., was arrested outside the gated community where he resides. It took Tip some time to wake up the sleeping guard, Tip clearly identified himself and sought entry.

Following news of the arrest, T.I.'s attorney, Steve Sadow, provided the following statement to ET, alleging his client was the victim of a wrongful arrest.

The guard on duty was said to have been asleep, and once awoken a verbal altercation took place between the rapper and guard.

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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". "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". Under Georgia law, that constitutes an alleged simple assault. "The guard refused entry".

The 37 year old attributes his arrest to "white cops in a very white area", and claims the security guard was the one who "antagonized" him.

A message for the deputy chief at the Henry County police department wasn't immediately returned. Holmes was arrested on outstanding charges out of Clayton County and for not having proof of vehicle insurance.

Aside from being a rapper and actor, T.I.is also a activist involved in local and national social issues. 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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