Rap royalty T.I. is still seething like a rumbling volcano that’s about to erupt after he was arrested after being denied entry to his Atlanta-area mansion by a half-sleep security guard.
So angry is the man nicknamed Tip that he is considering moving out of the community altogether, the media has learned.
As rolling out reported, T.I, born Clifford Joseph Harris Jr., 37, was arrested by Henry County Sheriff’s deputies and cited on misdemeanor charges of simple assault, disorderly conduct and public drunkenness after an alleged episode that broke out at his gated home community at about 4 a.m. in Stockbridge, a suburb south of Atlanta.
According to police reports, T.I. did not have his key and a very spirited verbal altercation with a guard, who denied the multiplatinum artist entry.
The police arrived, and Tip was hauled off to jail and was told that he’d be charged with assault despite the fact that he claims he did not lay hands on the guard.
Even Tip’s wife, Tiny, 42, was so enraged by the behavior of the security guard — and the fact that the Henry County authorities arrested her husband with little justification or provocation — that it seems that they’re even considering moving somewhere else.
“Now that Tiny has heard Tip’s version of the disagreement with the security officer and the arrest they both are pissed over how everything turned out. They think it was extremely overblown and are very frustrated that it even got this far. It is almost getting to the point that they have thought about moving from the community,” a source close to the family told Hollywood Life.
“They both hate that it has gotten like this and would rather not deal with it in the first place. It’s obnoxious!” the same insider added.
Tip was not in possession of his key, and, according to Tip’s attorney Steve Sadow, the guard was in a deep sleep.
“The guard was sound asleep when Tip arrived at the guardhouse,” Sadow told CNN. “It took Tip some time to wake up the sleeping guard.”
Sadow added the rapper identified himself, was refused entry and then called his wife, singer Tameka “Tiny” Harris, who confirmed his identity.
Still, the guard would not budge.
“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.”
What do you think of Tip possibly moving out? Can a single security guard (and the Henry County law enforcement community) make the rap giant move out of his mansion?