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Rapper T.I. Arrested Outside His Gated Community, Calls Incident ‘Nonsense’
The Grammy-winning musician was charged with "public drunkenness" after an argument with a security guard. His lawyer said he was wrongfully arrested.
Rapper T.I. was arrested outside the gate of his own exclusive Georgia community on Wednesday night after an argument with a security guard.
T.I., whose real name is Clifford Harris Jr., was arrested at Eagle’s Landing Country Club outside of Atlanta at around 4 a.m. after arguing with the community’s security guard, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.
According to a police report, T.I., 37, caught the security guard, Euwan James, sleeping. He woke him up to be let in because he didn’t have his keys on him. At first, James refused. Eventually, he let T.I. in but not before the rapper allegedly yelled and swore at him, according to the report. T.I. told police that the guard refused to give him his name.
T.I. parked his car at his home within the gated community, but walked back to the gate in an attempt to get James’ name, the report stated. James later told police that T.I. threatened him and challenged him to a physical fight. At some point, T.I. brought along a friend, Marquinarius Holmes, 40, to argue with the guard. The guard told cops T.I. reeked of alcohol, according to the report.
T.I. was arrested on misdemeanor charges of simple assault, disorderly conduct and public drunkenness, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Holmes was arrested on an outstanding charge, for not having proof of car insurance. T.I., who was released on Wednesday after posting $2,250 bond, hasn’t yet made an appearance in court following the incident.
On an Instagram story, T.I. called the arrest as “nonsense.”
He dismissed cops in his area as “white cops in a very white area” in an interview with TheBlast.com.
In a statement, T.I.’s attorney Steve Sadow said his client “was wrongfully arrested” and said that police weren’t interested at all in his client’s side of the story.
T.I. served time almost a decade ago after he was sentenced to about a year behind bars for purchasing machine guns and silencers, CNN reported.
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