Audio of T.I. shouting at guard ahead of arrest released
A fuming T.I. shouted at a security guard and repeatedly urged him to identify himself as the guard phoned police and said he was being threatened by a man outside, audio from a 911 call reveals.
The rapper — who was arrested following the incident early Wednesday morning — can be heard speaking in the background throughout the 10-minute distress call made by Euwan James, who works as a guard for the Eagles’ Landing Country Club in Henry County, Ga.
“I’ve been threatened by a resident, and he’s here now knocking on the door,” James tells the dispatcher before police arrived, as heard in audio obtained by the Daily News Thursday morning.
T.I., meanwhile, can be heard saying that he owns property in the gated community and that the security guard was asleep when he arrived. He says multiple times that he wishes to report the guard to his boss.
“You have been disrespectful to me and unprofessional,” the rapper says. “I asked you for your name, you will not give it to me. Would you please report yourself to me?”
The “Top Back” artist also asks the guard to come outside and says he’s only making the situation worse. The dispatcher, meanwhile, told James to ignore the yelling.
“I own property here,” T.I. says. “You report to me sir!”
T.I., 37, was arrested for public drunkenness, simple assault and disorderly conduct following the incident, according to a police report obtained by the Daily News. The officer who arrived at the scene reported that T.I. smelled of alcohol, and that the rapper said he had a drink while walking back to the guard’s post but had not been driving.
The police report states that James did not recognize the hip hop star when he arrived at the gated community and initially didn’t let him in. He finally did, but T.I. walked back to the guard’s post and confronted him.
James can be heard in the 911 call saying he does not know who the rapper, whose real name is Clifford Harris, is.
Following his arrest, T.I. told The Blast that he thinks he was arrested because he was an African-American man in a “very white area.”
He told TMZ on Thursday, meanwhile, that he asked his wife Tiny to call the guard after he failed to find T.I. in the neighborhood’s directory list. During their phone call, Harris claims the guard cursed at him.
“Who the f*** do you think you is talking to me like this?” the guard allegedly asked the rapper’s wife.
An attorney for T.I. says his client was refused entry by the guard “without justification.”
“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,” the lawyer’s statement read.
T.I., who hails from Atlanta, is best known for songs such as “Live Your Life,” “Whatever You Like” and “Dead and Gone.”