UPDATE: In addition to disorderly conduct and public drunkenness, Atlanta rapper T.I. was arrested outside his gated community on a charge of simple assault. All charges are misdemeanors. https://t.co/fpgyXZiakz pic.twitter.com/ec23qMHhAA— AJC (@ajc) May 16, 2018
Atlanta-based rapper T.I. was arrested early Wednesday morning outside of the gated community where he lives.
T.I. — whose real name is Clifford Harris Jr. — is no stranger to crime, but he turned his life around and has mostly stayed away from legal trouble after serving several stints in federal prison.
His attorney, Steve Sadow, insists that he was wrongfully arrested after returning to the Eagle’s Landing Country Club community around 4 a.m. The rapper had allegedly forgotten his key, but the security guard would not let him into the gated neighborhood, which resulted in an argument.
In the midst of the confrontation, T.I. called a friend, Marquinarius Holmes, who arrived on the scene and joined in the debate between him and the security guard.
Both Holmes and T.I. were ultimately arrested. T.I. was taken into custody on misdemeanor charges of simple assault, disorderly conduct, and public drunkenness. Holmes was arrested on outstanding charges out of Clayton County and for not having proof of car insurance.
T.I. posted $2,250 bond and was released from Henry County Jail around 8 a.m.
Doubling down on his assertion that T.I. was wrongfully detained, the rapper’s attorney accused the security guard of refusing to let him into his own neighborhood even after his wife, who was inside the residence, confirmed that he “should be let in immediately.”
BREAKING: Just got this from T.I's attorney about this morning's arrest pic.twitter.com/1XslGVXxHx— Tyisha Fernandes (@TyishaWSB) May 16, 2018
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.”
He's clearly taking things in stride despite the stain on his reputation and inconvenience this arrest has caused him. However, if his attorney's account of what occurred is accurate, this is yet another example in a slew of recent instances in which police have been called on black people for trivial reasons. Even the famous aren't exempt.