T.I. found himself behind bars after an altercation with a security guard led to his arrest on Wednesday morning in Henry County, Georgia — all because he apparently forgot his keys.
Atlanta’s WSB TV reports the “Whatever You Like” rapper — whose legal name is Clifford Harris Jr. — was returning to his home in a gated community at approximately 4 a.m. but didn’t have his key.
According to police, the security guard at the gate refused to let T.I. enter, with the rapper reportedly asking the guard, “Don’t you know who I am?”
At some point during T.I.’s heated discussion with the guard, the rapper called a friend, who arrived and joined the argument. The Henry County Police Department was then called to the scene.
Henry County Police Department
According to officials, the unidentified friend had an outstanding warrant and was placed under arrest. T.I. was also arrested, charged with disorderly conduct, and public drunkenness. He is currently free after posting bail.
This isn’t T.I.’s first brush with the law. 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.
Following news of the arrest, T.I.’s attorney, Steve Sadow, provided the following statement to ET, alleging his client was the victim of a wrongful arrest.
“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,” reads Saddow’s statement. “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. Tips 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 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.”