Rapper T.I.

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T.I. Arrested in Atlanta

May 16, 2018

By Erin Thibeau


T.I. has spoken with TMZ about what went down during his arrest, saying he had to wake up the security guard at his post. When the guard couldn't find him in the directory, Tip says he called his wife Tiny to vouch for him. 

The rapper says the guard was rude to Tiny, so T.I. yelled at him and demanded entry. After T.I. was finally allowed through the gate, he tells TMZ that he went home, cooled down, and returned to get the guard's name so he could report him. That's when things got hairy. Read more on TMZ.


T.I. was arrested early Wednesday morning in Atlanta, a local news station reports.

The rapper was returning to the gated community where he lives at around 4 a.m. T.I. didn't have his key and the guard wouldn't let him in, the Henry County Police Department tells Channel 2 Action News.

“Don’t you know who I am?” Tip asked the guard, and called a friend to come over, according to police. The friend who arrived had a warrent out for his arrest, and the two argued with the guard, police say. 

T.I. and his friend were arrested, and the rapper was charged with disorderly conduct and public drunkenness. T.I. has since bonded out. 

Tip's attorney has released the below statement to Channel 2 Action News:

"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."

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