Atlanta rapper T.I. was arrested in the early morning hours on Wednesday after a security guard at the entrance to his gated subdivision refused to allow him to enter.
According to Henry County Police, T.I., whose legal name is Clifford Harris Jr., was arrested and charged with simple assault, public drunk and disorderly conduct after he became involved in a dispute with the security guard.
He’s since bonded out, according to FOX 5 Atlanta.
T.I, or Harris, 38, posted a video from his son’s 10th birthday party Wednesday, saying he had been “inconvenienced and arrested” Wednesday morning. He called the incident “small potatoes” compared to all that he's been through and said he would let God “deal with the craziness…”
According to an incident report released by Henry Police late Wednesday, an officer was dispatched to the Eagle’s Landing Country Club at about 4:45 a.m. Wednesday in reference to a man yelling at the security guard because the guard would not let him in the gate.
When the officer arrived, he observed a Nissan Altima parked in front of the guard house. He met with Harris and Marquinarius Holmes, who reportedly had been driving the car.
Harris reportedly told the office that when he pulled up to the guard house he saw the security guard asleep. Harris reportedly said he awakened the guard but the guard initially refused to open the gate for him. Harris then asked the guard for his supervisor’s name, but the guard refused to give it to him. Harris told police he then drove home, but walked back to the guard house — a little more than half a mile — in another unsuccessful attempt to get the manager’s name.
The guard told police that he initially denied Harris entry into the subdivision because he didn’t recognize him. He said Harris used profanity toward him and yelled at him to open the gate. The guard also told police that Harris threatened him after he walked back to the guard house, saying “come outside so we can deal with this man to man,” and “let go in the street,” according to the incident report.
The guard’s supervisor told police that she witnessed Harris yelling at the guard.
Harris’s companion, Holmes, was placed under arrest on an oustanding warrant. A check of his vehicle’s license plate revealed that he did not have insurance, according to the incident report.
The reporting officer stated that he smelled an “overwhelming” odor of alcoholic beverage on Harris and that his eyes were bloodshot and glassy and he was “acting aggravated while we were speaking.” Under questioning by the officer, Harris allegedly admitted that he had had a drink while walking back to the guard house.
This is not Harris’s first brush with the law. In October 2007 he was arrested on federal weapons possession charges in Atlanta. He pleaded guilty in 2008 and embarked on a sweeping community service effort to educate at-risk youths on the ills of gangs and gang-related activities. He was later sentenced to serve one year and one day in jail on the charges that could have netted him more than 10 years in prison.
Harris’s community service efforts were captured in the MTV reality series “T.I’s Road to Redemption.” The series focused on the 45 days prior to Harris’s sentencing in which he attempted to discourage teenagers from following the path he had taken.
Harris' attorney, Steve Sadow, released the following statement:
"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."