FILE - In this Sept. 14, 2018, file photo shows rapper Clifford Harris Jr., better known as T.I., on the porch of his grandparents' home where he grew up in Atlanta. Rapper T.I. is paying a $300 fine after pleading no contest to violating a local law in Georgia that prohibits public cursing. The charge against T.I. stems from a May incident at the gated community where the rapper lives in the Atlanta suburb of Stockbridge. His spokesman, Steve Sadow, says T.I., whose real name is Clifford Harris Jr., maintains his innocence but entered a plea "to put this matter to bed." (AP Photo/John Amis, File)

Rapper T.I.: No contest to violating ban on public cursing

December 17, 2018 - 8:51 pm

ATLANTA (AP) — Rapper T.I. is paying a $300 fine after pleading no contest to violating a local law in Georgia that prohibits public cursing.

The charge against the performer stems from a May incident at the gated community where he lives in the Atlanta suburb of Stockbridge.

His spokesman, Steve Sadow, tells the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that T.I., whose real name is Clifford Harris Jr., maintains his innocence but entered a plea "to put this matter to bed."

Henry County Deputy Police Chief Mike Ireland said at the time that T.I. lost his key and the guard wouldn't let him into the neighborhood. A police report says the entertainer eventually was allowed inside but walked back to the guard, demanding his supervisor's name. Police were called. T.I. was arrested and released on bond.

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