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T.I. back in prison after luxury-bus ride to halfway house

T.I. used a tour bus to get to a halfway house from prison

T.I. was back in federal custody Friday in Atlanta, having gone back behind bars less than a day after his Wednesday release from federal prison in Arkansas.

Seems the Federal Bureau of Prisons had a problem with the luxury bus used by T.I., born Clifford Harris Jr., to get to the Atlanta halfway house where he was supposed to spend the final month of his 11-month probation-violation sentence.

"We are awaiting the opportunity to quickly resolve whatever the issue may be that the Federal Bureau of Prisons has with T.I.'s method of transportation -- bus -- from Arkansas to Atlanta, so that T.I. can return to the halfway house to complete the remaining days of his sentence," attorney Steve Sadow said in an email to Reuters. Tip's sentence is slated to end Sept. 29.

On Friday, the rapper was still being held in the medium-security U.S. penitentiary in Atlanta, according to the Federal Bureau of Prisons' inmate locator. He went in Wednesday night.

Prisoners moving from a low-security facility to a halfway house are allowed to travel via private transportation, unescorted, according to TMZ. Team T.I. reportedly told authorities he'd be riding in a van of some sort, sources told the website, leaving out the minor details that it would be a high-end rap-star tour bus, which he boarded under the watchful lenses of VH1 cameras.

Sadow pointed out that prison officials watched his client board the bus, telling CNN there was no intent to mislead anyone about the ride. No drugs or alcohol were involved, he said.  T.I.'s wife, Tameka "Tiny" Cottle, told TMZ that authorities "walked him over, took pics and told him good luck in life," and should have told them at the time to use a van instead, if the bus was a problem.

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-- Christie D'Zurilla
Twitter.com/dzurillaville

Photos: T.I., born Clifford Harris Jr., arrives at a Georgia halfway house Wednesday after his release from federal prison in Arkansas. He made the trip to Atlanta, where he's now back in federal custody, in a luxury tour bus, right. Credits: John Amis / Associated Press.

 


Rapper T.I. released from prison early, headed to halfway house

Rapper T.I., real name Clifford Harris Jr.

Rapper T.I., real name Clifford Harris Jr., was released from prison Wednesday a month early, bound for a halfway house in his home state of Georgia from a low-security federal prison in Arkansas where he'd been held after violating federal probation.

"Feels great to be back where I belong ... Back in the arms of those who need me the most," Tip said Wednesday morning on Twitter, shortly after leaving federal prison in Arkansas.

"The storm is over & da sun back out. IT'S OUR TIME TO SHINE SHAWTY!!!!! Welcome to the beginning of our Happy Ending!!!!"

T.I. was sentenced in October 2010 to 11 months in prison for violating his probation on federal weapons charges. An experimental sentence in that case had him touring to talk to kids about the dangers of violence and drugs before serving seven months in prison and doing the halfway-house thing back in 2009. His probation required that he obey all laws and possess no controlled substances.

The rapper and his wife, Tameka "Tiny" Cottle, were arrested a year ago on suspicion of drug possession after a Sept. 1 traffic stop on the Sunset Strip. With the federal probation violation looming for T.I., local prosecutors did not pursue charges against him. Charges against Tiny were also dropped after she completed 24 sessions in a drug-diversion program.

"Those who need me most" include his wife, with whom the "Takers" cast member has two boys and a stepdaughter, and his two sons and a daughter from previous relationships.

Also awaiting T.I. on the outside? A deal with HarperCollins to publish a novel he's written (look for "Power & Beauty" in October) and a VH1 reality show set to air in December, chronicling his return home from prison. He turns 31 on Sept. 25.

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-- Christie D'Zurilla
Twitter.com/dzurillaville

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Photo: T.I. in Beverly Hills on Aug. 20, 2010. He was in the L.A. area for the opening of the movie "Takers," in which he appeared. Credit: Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times


T.I.'s wife, Tiny, charged with misdemeanor drug possession

Tameka Tiny Cottle leaves court with singer Monica Tameka "Tiny" Cottle, newlywed wife of rapper T.I., was charged Friday with possession of ecstasy related to the couple's Sept. 1 arrest during a traffic stop on the Sunset Strip.

The charge against Cottle is a misdemeanor, for which she could face up to a year behind bars if convicted. Somehow, that seems unlikely.

Her husband, real name Clifford Harris Jr., 30, sort of got off the hook last week when L.A. prosecutors declined to press charges after police said they found four ecstasy tablets on him. Only problem is, prosecutors went easy on him because they knew he'd been sentenced to 11 months in federal prison for violating his probation on weapons charges.

Though it wasn't immediately clear if Cottle had an attorney on the L.A. charge, we assume hubby can pass along some phone numbers. The couple had returned to Atlanta in early September, with Cottle, 35, out on $10,000 bail.

T.I., due to report to prison in Arkansas on Monday, has lost endorsement deals with AXE body spray and, more recently, Remy Martin cognac in the wake of the L.A. arrest. He also decided to change the name of his upcoming album: The recording once known as "King Uncaged" will be released instead as "No Mercy."

— Christie D'Zurilla

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Photo: With singer Monica, right, Tameka "Tiny" Cottle leaves court in Atlanta on Oct. 15 after her husband was sentenced to 11 months in prison for violating probation. T.I. had done time in a plea deal on federal weapons charges. Credit: David Goldman / Associated Press.

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T.I. will skate on drug charges from Sunset Strip arrest

Ti-and-tiny Prosecutors are cutting T.I. some slack, L.A. Now reports, deciding against prosecuting in Los Angeles County on drug charges stemming from his Sept. 1 arrest on the Sunset Strip.

The rapper, whose real name is Clifford Harris Jr., was arrested with his newlywed wife, Tameka "Tiny" Cottle, after deputies smelled pot smoke during a traffic stop and searched the group's SUV.  Four ecstasy pills were found in the rapper's pants, according to a document obtained by L.A. Now, and marijuana and other narcotics were found "in possession in one of the passengers."

Seems T.I.'s new 11-month prison sentence for violating probation on weapons charges — yeah, the arrest was the violation — helped the folks in the district attorney's office decide that prosecution wasn't worth it, according to the rejection filing. 

Whether Tiny will face charges is undecided.

And while one group in Atlanta is working to keep T.I. out of prison, a party promoter may drag him into civil court: Carl Davis has filed suit in Alabama over a May 28 welcome-back concert the rapper said he missed because he was still under house arrest, the Hollywood Reporter said Thursday. According to Davis' complaint, he'd entered into an agreement with Jervon Morgan, who represented himself as T.I.'s first cousin and agent.

— Christie D'Zurilla

Photo: Grammy-winning artist Clifford "T.I." Harris Jr. and wife Tameka "Tiny" Cottle at a charity event Oct. 3 in Atlanta. Credit: Gregory Smith / Associated Press.

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T.I. will head back to prison without his AXE deal

TI leaves court with his attorneys after being sentenced to 11 months in prison If rapper T.I. wants to experience the AXE effect while he's in prison, he'll have to buy his own, or have it smuggled in -- the men's grooming brand best known for its body spray has finally cut him loose as its spokesman.

Unlike the brands that dropped Tiger Woods like a hot rock when he got into trouble, AXE stuck with T.I. (real name Clifford Harris Jr.) after he was arrested Sept. 1 in L.A. on suspicion of drug possession while on probation after doing time on federal weapons charges. But the company said in a statement Thursday that the relationship is over, according to multiple sources, and the rapper has been scrubbed from the hunky-smelling website.

T.I. did an interview Monday on an Atlanta radio station alongside Joshua Starks, the 24-year-old man he'd helped talk out of jumping off a high-rise last Thursday. "All of the things we go through in life, they just prepare us for the next battle," T.I. said, observing that Starks had been able to make it through his crisis with "minimal injury, maximum lesson learned."

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T.I. helps get suicidal man safely off Atlanta high-rise ledge

Rapper T.I. helps police rescue suicidal man Maybe it's a good thing rapper T.I. had to head back to Atlanta -- on Wednesday, he helped police prevent a suicidal man from jumping off the edge of a 22-story high-rise.

T.I. was on his way to shoot a music video when he heard about the situation on the radio and decided to offer his help, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. "Something in me just said, 'Man you gotta try and help. You gotta do whatever you can.'"

Police taped a video message from T.I. and sent it up to the potential jumper, who agreed to come down. The man chatted with the performer for a few minutes before he was taken to a hospital.

"I told him it ain't that bad. It'll get better, to put the time and effort into making it better," T.I. said. "I just reminded him know that I know. It looks bad right now, but it can turn around."

The rapper "didn't have to stop. He could've kept on going about his business," a police officer told

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PREACH IT! As of this second, T.I., someone with money still likes you

T.I. Clifford Harris Seven days have passed since rapper T.I. faced an arrest on suspicion of felony drug possession. Getting arrested while famous is no huge oddity these days, but here's what is: Holding on to a sponsor's paycheck afterward.

A full week after his bust, T.I. still — officially, anyway — has a professional relationship with AXE body spray. The company has issued a statement indicating it is "reviewing" its ties with T.I., but it also hasn't dumped him. Yet.

That's surprising — almost sweet, by Hollywood standards. Pepsi agonized for about two weeks before dumping Madonna during the height of her "Like a Prayer" controversy in 1989. It also took about two weeks for consulting firm Accenture to sever its relationship with Tiger Woods, and roughly a month for Nutella to jettison Kobe Bryant following his arrest for sexual assault in 2003. (Charges were later dismissed.)

But, increasingly, companies are streamlining their celebrity-punting techniques and are much less hesitant to cut a star loose — quickly. Less than a week after a photo emerged showing ...

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Comments of the week: drug charges and smack talk

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Sure, sure. The Emmys were Sunday. And we all could have weighed in on, say, "Mad Men's" Rich Sommer and Michael Gladis' pick-up tips or if the Emmys should go 3-D. But isn't it more fun to concentrate on the scandals?

This week in celebrity drug-charges news, people got way opinionated about Paris Hilton's and boyfriend Cy Waits' weekend arrest in Vegas (she for suspicion of possession of cocaine, he for DUI) after police smelled marijuana coming from their car -- even debating the merits of her "oh, this isn't mine" alibi and offering little sympathy when a spokesperson for Las Vegas' Wynn and Encore hotels fired Waits from his job as managing partner of the properties' nightclubs and banned Hilton from staying at those hotels. Oh no, where will the hotel heiress possibly stay next time she's in town?

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T.I. headed back to Atlanta to see probation officer

Tiny-and-ti Rapper T.I. is headed back to Atlanta "in the next 24 hours" in the wake of his arrest Wednesday on suspicion of drug possession, one of his lawyers told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Thursday.

The recording artist is out on $10,000 bail and due in Beverly Hills court at 8:30 a.m. Friday.

T.I., a.k.a. Clifford Harris, has been instructed to report to his probation officer, according to another one of his lawyers. The performer is on probation through 2013 after fulfilling a 366-day sentence on federal gun charges. After his 2007 arrest, he cut a deal that sent him on a pre-incarceration community-service tour of schools — and took years off his sentence.

Tameka "Tiny" Cottle was arrested along with her husband, whose movie "Takers" topped the box office last weekend.

— Christie D'Zurilla

Photo: Tameka "Tiny" Cottle and  Clifford "T.I." leave a press conference at the Richard B. Russell Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse in Atlanta on March 27, 2009. The couple posted bail and were released. Credit: Rick Diamond / Getty Images.





Rapper T.I. and wife Tiny arrested on drug possession charges in West Hollywood

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Rapper and "Takers" actor Clifford "T.I." Harris and his new wife Tameka "Tiny" Cottle were arrested Wednesday night in West Hollywood on suspicion of felony drug possession, L.A. Now reports.

The two were pulled over on Sunset Boulevard after making an illegal U-turn in their Maybach, TMZ says. Deputies "smelled a strong odor of marijuana emitting from the vehicle," the Sheriff's Department said in a statement, and the car was searched for drugs.

T.I., 29, is still on probation for weapons possession -- he was arrested in 2007 after attempting to buy unregistered machine guns and silencers from a federal agent. He was released from an Arkansas prison to an Atlanta halfway house in December after serving seven months and in March had completed his 366-day sentence. His record includes a litany of other arrests and convictions since 1998.

Tiny and T.I. were married at the end of July in a weekend-long celebration that included three ceremonies and two parties.

The Sheriff's Department didn't name the specific drug or drugs allegedly involved, but TMZ had  speculated, based on ...

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