Rapper T.I. through his lawyers has released a statement regarding his altercation with security in front of his gated community home. After the two exchanged words it appears that security and his supervisor contacted the police and when the police arrived they were not interested in what T.I. had to say to defend himself.
Rapper T.I. whose legal name is Clifford Harris is planning to pursue charges against the home owner association who run the gated community that his family resides in. According to The Blast, T.I. claims he did not assault the security guard but only made it clear that he was a resident and needed to be let into his home,
As for the assault charge, T.I. says he “may have been hurt by my words,” but says he never laid a hand on the guy.
We’re told T.I. plans on pursuing legal action against his HOA for the incident with the guard.
As we reported, he was charged with simple assault, disorderly conduct and public drunkenness. T.I. believes when the truth comes out, the charges will be dropped.
T.I.’s lawyer seems to agree with his client and believes the security guard acted in error toward the situation and his client was not guilty of any crime. He provided a statement to PEOPLE, where he explains what occurred during the incident,
In a statement provided on behalf of T.I. to PEOPLE, his attorney Steve Sadow wrote: “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.”
Sadow added: “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.”
More will surely follow as we see if these allegations and charges will stick with the popular musician. It seems that the security guard was unaware of TI celebrity and thought he was just another black man who you could mistreat simply because he’s black in a neighborhood deemed unworthy of him and his community.