Police say the rapper T.I. was arrested early Wednesday on disorderly conduct, public drunkenness, and simple assault charges as he tried to enter his gated community outside Atlanta, the AP reports. Henry County Deputy Police Chief Mike Ireland said T.I. was arrested around 4:30am after he got into an argument with a security guard. Media reports say the Grammy-winning artist, whose real name is Clifford Harris, 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. His lawyer posted a statement to Facebook alleging that the guard was asleep on the job when T.I., who also goes by Tip, arrived and that he continued to deny the rapper entry even after T.I.'s wife was contacted and instructed the guard to let him in.
"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 post reads. T.I. himself spoke to the Blast and said he was arrested thanks to "white cops in a very white area." He says he never touched the guard. T.I. 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 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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