“He showed up trying to get in, and I don’t know who he is and he started cursing at me,” the guard told the 911 dispatcher.
“What you’re doing, man, is making it worse. All that you’re doing is making it worse. You could’ve just said, ‘My bad,’ and we could’ve been on about our night. What you’re doing right now, man, you making it worse,” T.I. said.
At some point during the argument, T.I. called a friend and the two of them argued with the guard, officials said.
The Henry County Police Department was called to the scene and T.I. and his friend were arrested.
“Tip was wrongfully arrested early (Wednesday) morning when he attempted to gain entrance into his gated community - where his wife ‘Tiny’ and his family reside. The guard was sound asleep when Tip arrived at the guardhouse. It took Tip some time to wake up the sleeping guard. Tip clearly identified himself and sought entry. The guard refused entry. Tip was in contact with ‘Tiny’ by phone and ‘Tiny’ confirmed that Tip should be let in immediately. The guard continued to refuse entry without justification. 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.”
Rapper T.I. was arrested early Wednesday morning in Stockbridge, Georgia, WSB reported.
Henry County police told WSB that T.I. was arrested around 4 a.m.
According to police, T.I. -- whose legal name is Clifford Harris Jr. -- was returning to the gated community where he lives around 4 a.m. Police said he didn’t have his key and the guard wouldn’t let him in.
“Tip was wrongfully arrested early this morning when he attempted to gain entrance into his gated community - where his wife ‘Tiny’ and his family reside. The guard was sound asleep when Tip arrived at the guardhouse. It took Tip some time to wake up the sleeping guard. Tip clearly identified himself and sought entry. The guard refused entry. Tip was in contact with ‘Tiny’ by phone and ‘Tiny’ confirmed that Tip should be let in immediately. The guard continued to refuse entry without justification. 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.”
Atlanta rapper and actor T.I., who reinvented himself as an activist and political force after time in federal prison and years of trouble with the law, was arrested early Wednesday outside his gated community in Henry County, authorities said.
After T.I. woke up the guard and asked to be let in because he didn’t have his keys, James initially refused, the report states. James said T.I. started using profanity and yelled at him to open the gate, the report said. James eventually opened the gate and let T.I. in, but T.I. told police James wouldn’t give him his name or his supervisor’s name when asked.
After T.I. parked his car at his home, he walked back to try to get James’ name, the report said. James said T.I. threatened him and said “come outside so we can deal with this man to man.”
The officer said in the report that he smelled “overwhelming” alcohol on T.I.’s breath, and that the rapper admitted he had a drink while walking back to the guard’s shack.
Police said that, at some point, T.I. called a friend who eventually joined him.
Later Wednesday, he told TheBlast.com that law enforcement officers in the county are “white cops in a very white area.”
He was released from the Henry County Jail about 8 a.m. Wednesday after posting $2,250 bond. He did not appear before a judge.
In a statement to the AJC, attorney Steve Sadow said T.I. “was wrongfully arrested” and accused the guard of refusing him entry after the rapper’s wife confirmed he “should be let in immediately.”
According to Sadow, police were not interested in hearing T.I.’s side of the story when they arrived at the scene and “wrongfully chose to end the situation by arresting” him. Henry County police did not directly address the comments from T.I.’s attorney.
T.I.’s past encounters with the law are well-documented.
U.S. District Judge Charles Pannell Jr. sentenced him to a year and a day in prison for an October 2007 incident in which T.I. sent a bodyguard to purchase machine guns and silencers.
An extraordinary deal shaved nearly four years off a potential sentence, provided T.I. perform 1,000 hours of community service. The service included visits with schoolchildren to speak out against violence, gangs and drugs.
T.I. finished his time in prison and a halfway house and was still on probation when he was arrested Sept. 1, 2010, in Los Angeles.
He and his wife, R&B singer Tameka “Tiny” Cottle, were taken into custody during a traffic stop in West Hollywood in which deputies said they smelled a strong odor of marijuana from inside the car. They were soon released on bond.
Then-U.S. Attorney Sally Yates said she supported the initial deal and believed T.I. had reached large numbers of youth. But Yates told Pannell that the rapper already had submitted two diluted urine samples before his arrest and initially lied to a probation officer about the five pills of Ecstasy found in his pocket when he was arrested. After his arrest, T.I. tested positive for opiates, Yates said. Pannell sentenced him in October 2010 to 11 more months in prison.
After his release, T.I. turned his life around, lending his voice and celebrity to discussions about a growing number of police shootings of unarmed black men.
From 2011 to 2017, he and his family starred in the VH1 reality show “T.I. and Tiny: The Family Hustle.” For six seasons, show chronicled the rapper’s life at home with Cottle and their blended family.