T.I. was booked for simple assault, disorderly conduct and public drunkenness. He didn't have his key, and the security guard refused to let him in. However, T.I.'s attorney Steve Sadow later stated that the rapper had called his wife, who confirmed that T.I. should be allowed entry. In 2009, he was sentenced to one year and one day in prison and ordered to pay $100,300 for federal weapons charges after his sentence was reduced via plea bargain from 10 years and a $250,000 fine.
This is not T.I.'s first brush with the law.
Police tell Atlanta ABC affiliate WSB-TV that T.I., born Clifford Harris Jr.
Fresh off his collaborationwith Kanye West, T.I. got arrested for public drunkenness at his own gated community in Georgia, TMZ reports. 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.
"The guard continued to refuse entry without justification". He claims he returned to his gated community after a recording session and found the guard asleep on the job.
Despite his legal issues, T.I. has been an advocate for social justice, in what the Journal-Constitution calls a "metamorphosis".
The rapper spoke to The Blast after he was released from jail and said he got locked up because he's an affluent African-American celebrity and police near his home are "white cops in a very white area". According to police, T.I.'s friend, 40-year-old Marquinarius Holmes, was arrested on outstanding charges out of Clayton County for not having proof of vehicle insurance.
Sadow said police "were not interested in hearing" his client's side of the story and arrested him.