T.I. is once more caught up in legal drama as the Atlanta rapper was hit with an array of charges stemming from his May arrest outside of his gated community. According to TMZ, Tip was hit with charges of simple assault, disorderly conduct and public drunkenness.
“The misdemeanor charges brought against T.I. are baseless, ill-founded and unjustified. T.I. never threatened or acted in a violent manner towards Euwan James, the security guard,” Tip’s lawyer, Steve Sadow told Billboard. “We had sincerely hoped that the Henry County Solicitor had better, more important, things to do to serve the Henry County community than prosecute an African American over a verbal dispute during an encounter with a security guard who was asleep at his post and was unwilling to provide his name to T.I. so T.I. could report the guard’s misconduct to his employer.
“I can confirm that the Henry County, GA Solicitor General, who is responsible for handling misdemeanor cases, filed an accusation against T.I. alleging those three misdemeanor charges,” the statement continues. “But it is important to note that a misdemeanor accusation in GA is nothing more than a piece of paper drafted, signed and filed by a prosecutor. No independent finding is required or made by a grand jury or judge: the prosecutor alone decides to bring charges.”
Sadow also says that “the security guard was fired for the way he handled the situation with T.I..”