U.S. District Court Judge Charles Pannell Jr. has revoked probation for rapper T.I. after he was arrested on suspicion of drug possession in L.A.. The rapper, whose real name is Clifford Harris, reported to Forrest City prison midday Monday for an 11-month sentence handed down by Pannell, according to gossiponthis.com.
Harris reportedly pleaded for leniency during the hearing, saying:
“I screwed up bigtime, and I’m sorry. I want drugs out of my life. If I can get treatment and counseling I need, I can beat this. I have been sincere in my message to kids, that guns, gangs and drugs threaten your life, and I mean it. I’ve been a kid. I’ve lived the same life that those kids have. As I discovered in talking to my PO I had many problems from my childhood. Now I am down to the disease of addiction. I need help. For me, my mother my kids. I need the court to give me mercy. Judge, don’t send me back to prison,” according to wzakcleveland.com.
Judge Pannell, apparently unaffected by Harris’ plea, said, “I think Mr. Harris had had about the limit of second chances,” according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Harris served seven months in the Forrest City prison in 2009, stemming from an arrest in 2007 when he attempted to buy unregistered machine guns from undercover federal agents. He was released in December with probation.
Last week, Atlanta police stated that the rapper showed up on-scene where a man was threatening to commit suicide by jumping from a 22-story building in downtown Atlanta. T.I. offered his assistance and helped talk the suicidal man down from his perch. The man came down and spent a few minutes of time chatting with the rapper. According to the themoneytimes.com, Officer James Polite, who was on scene, said, “He didn’t have to stop. He could’ve kept on going about his business. We’re happy it ended the way it did, and we thank him.”
According to The Money Times, T.I. defended against allegations that he only helped to gain favor for his trial, saying, “For one, I’m not taking any credit. I didn’t do it… I could’ve just as well came down there and it could have been resolved in another way. The fact of the matter is that God put me in a position to help, and I can’t take any credit for that.”
T.I. has released six albums since 2001, with all but the first going platinum in the United States. His most recent album, Paper Trail, released on Sept. 30, 2008, went double platinum. His next album, No Mercy, is scheduled to release on Dec. 7, 2010, on the Grand Hustle, Atlantic label.
The rapper has also starred in two motion pictures, the first being ATL. T.I played Rashad, the main character and narrator. Asked about the film, Harris said, “it was the most honest representation of my culture and my city ever to be put on screen and the largest production to be ever filmed in Atlanta, so I [feel] somewhat obligated,” reports blackfilm.com. He also starred as Ghost in the crime heist Takers.
T.I. Turns Himself Into Prison in Arkansas to Begin 11-Month Sentence, gossiponthis.com
T.I. Sentenced Again, Says He “Screwed Up and I Need Help”, wzakcleveland.com
Rapper T.I. reports to Ark. federal prison again, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Natalie James, Rapper T.I. helps rescue a suicidal man, The Money Times
Wilson Morales, ATL: An Interview with Tip “T.I” Harris, blackfilm.com