After rapper T.I. was arrested and charged with public drunkenness, simple assault and disorderly conduct early Wednesday, new details have emerged over the incident.
The MC couldn’t get into his gated community at Eagles Landing Country Club and got into an argument with the security guard, whom T.I. claimed was sleeping on the job.
When speaking to The Blast moments after he posted bail, the rapper said he engaged in a “very heated debate” with the guard. The guard eventually called local authorities, who Tip described as “white cops in a very white area.”
T.I. added that the guard being Black added to his frustration. He also noted that he gave the guard — who he says “antagonized” him — “every opportunity” to apologize but he never got one.
The rapper, who plans to take legal action against his homeowner’s association for the incident, said the guard “may have been hurt by my words,” but says the incident did not become physical.
Video obtained by TMZ following T.I.’s arrest showed the rapper asking an officer why he was arrested after being taken into custody. The policeman responded by saying the MC was “acting like a fool,” which T.I. refuted.
The two continue debating the arrest as Tip never gets an answer about how he was acting up. They agree that the answer will come in court.
Upon his arrest Wednesday, WSB-TV reported the rapper didn’t have his key and was prevented from entering his gated community. T.I. is alleged to have said at one point, “Don’t you know who I am?” He then called a friend, who had a warrant out for his arrest, and the two began arguing with the guard.
“It took Tip some time to wake up the sleeping guard. Tip clearly identified himself and sought entry. The guard refused entry,” T.I.’s rep said in a statement to TMZ Wednesday. “Tip was in contact with [wife Tameka ‘Tiny’ Harris] 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.”