A lawyer for T.I. says the Grammy-winning rapper never got to tell his side of the story to police before they arrested him after a pre-dawn attempt this week to enter his gated community near Atlanta.
T.I. was arrested early Wednesday after getting in an argument with a security guard, said Henry County Deputy Police Chief Mike Ireland. Media reports say the hip-hop artist, whose real name is Clifford Harris, had lost his key and the guard wouldn’t let him into the complex.
Police said the 38-year-old artist was charged with disorderly conduct, public drunkenness and simple assault and then released on bail.
TMZ reported that it obtained a jailhouse video showing the rapper engaging with the officers about why he was arrested. When he asked the officer, the response was, “because your were acting like a fool.”
T.I., who appeared calm, and asked the officer what led him to that conclusion. He said he was simply asking the guard a question. The officer responded that the guard didn’t need to answer his questions, but T.I. essentially said he pays his salary.
“I paid millions for a house in that residential area,” the rapper said in the video.
Steve Sadow, the rapper’s attorney, issued a statement that his client had been “wrongfully arrested.” Sadow said the community guard was asleep when his client arrived at the guardhouse and it took “some time to wake up the sleeping guard.”
Sadow said T.I. identified himself and sought entry, but…