T.I. Cancels Tour for Court Date
Sorry, Japan, T.I. won’t be coming out to play.
The rapper canceled his tour of Japan after he was briefly jailed in Atlanta on Wednesday (May 10) for failing to perform community service in Florida. The rapper was sentenced to community service after he pleaded guilty to battery for assaulting a law enforcement officer, trespassing, and disorderly conduct at a Tampa mall in 2003.
He was sentenced to 18 months probation and 75 hours of community service, but 150 more hours were added a few months later after he violated probation by driving with a suspended license.
A spokesperson for the rapper, however, insists that T.I.’s camp just felt it was a good time for him to take a break after his friend and assistant, Philant Johnson, was killed in a shootout in Cincinnati earlier this month.
“I think everybody decided it’s just a good time for him to take this week and regroup,” Jonathan Leonard, an entertainment attorney for T.I., told the Associated Press on Friday (May 12).
T.I. was set to take off on Sunday (May 14) for a 10-day tour in Japan. Instead, he will appear in a Tampa court today to address the charges against him.
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