In a statement provided to CNN, attorney Steve Sadow said T.I. 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,” Sadow said, using the rapper’s nickname. “It took Tip some time to wake up the sleeping guard.”
Sadow said the rapper identified himself, was refused entry and then called his wife, singer Tameka “Tiny” Harris, who confirmed his identity.
“The guard continued to refuse entry without justification,” the lawyer’s statement said. “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.”
It’s not the first time T.I. has run afoul of authorities.
In 2009, he was sentenced to one year and one day in prison and ordered to pay a $100,300 fine on weapons charges related to purchasing machine guns and silencers.