United States rapper TI has been arrested on disorderly conduct and public drunkenness charges as he tried to enter his gated community outside Atlanta.
According to the Henry County Police Department, the 37-year-old musician did not have his keys at the time, and the gate guard refused to let him in. He was released later this morning without bail. T.I. described the local law enforcement as "white cops in a very white area" and believes he got locked up by them for "being an affluent African-American celebrity". He says he called out the guard for sleeping on the job, and a "very heated debate" ensued, but nothing ever became physical - "may have been hurt by my words", T.I. told The Blast. Police were then reportedly called, and T.I. was arrested for disorderly conduct and public drunkenness charges.
T.I.'s wife, R&B singer and songwriter Tameka "Tiny" Harris owns a home in the Eagles's Landing Country Club community that she bought in 2014. He claims the guard was asleep when his client arrived at the guardhouse and it took "some time to wake up the sleeping guard". His friend was arrested on an outstanding warrant, Channel 2 reported. And in 2010, he and his wife were both arrested following a traffic stop after which cops smelled "a strong odor" of marijuana coming from his auto.
Harris bonded out of jail at about 8 a.m. Wednesday after posting $2,250, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "Tip clearly identified himself and sought entry", his attorney Steve Sadow wrote on Facebook. In fact, T.I. says the guard even refused to provide his name, so he is planning to sue for the incident.
Since his release, T.I. has addressed the issue in an Instagram livestream while attending his son's classroom birthday celebration in which he referred to the arrest as "nonsense" and "small potatoes."