"Don't you know who I am?" he asked the guard, according to police.
Since his release, T.I. has addressed the issue in an Instagram livestream in which he referred to the arrest as "nonsense" and "small potatoes".
The Henry County Sheriff's Office said T.I. was cited on misdemeanor charges of simple assault, disorderly conduct and public drunkenness after an alleged incident about 4 a.m.in Stockbridge, south of Atlanta.
T.I. - whose real name is Clifford Harris Jr. - is no stranger to crime, but he changed his life around and has mostly stayed away from legal trouble after serving several stints in federal prison.
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"The guard was sound asleep when Tip arrived at the guardhouse", Sadow said, using the rapper's nickname. "The guard refused entry". He claims he did not assault the guard but that the guard "may have been hurt by my words". The friend, who had a warrant out for his arrest from Clayton County, was arrested on that warrant.
T.I.'s wife, R&B singer and songwriter Tameka "Tiny" Harris owns a home in the Eagles's Landing Country Club community that she bought in 2014. "Tip clearly identified himself and sought entry", his attorney Steve Sadow wrote on Facebook.
Despite the headline-generating bust, Tip didn't spend much time in police custody or have to stand before a judge.
As we sai8d above, T.I. was eventually allowed entry, but cops say he returned to the guard shack a while later ... and that's when the guard called police.
"I was inconvenienced and arrested", he said. Attorney Sadow says the officers had no interest in "hearing Tip's side of the story and wrongfully chose to end the situation by arresting Tip".