A month after his arrest for possessing illegal guns, T.I. breaks his silence, posted a video on a hip-hop Website expressed publicly his confidence that he would not be convicted of federal weapons charges.
In the short video posted on Streetcred.com, the hip hop icon said people should not believe everything reported in the news adding that he looks forward "to being exonerated on all charges .... with the utmost sincerity."
Also expressed his thank-you to fans, lawyers, and the judge in his case for allowing him to be on house arrest, T.I. furthermore said in the video that he is using his free time to read, write and work on a new album.
T.I. is charged with illegally purchasing machine guns and silencers in an Atlanta parking lot, hours before the BET Awards on October 13th. He's been pleaded not guilty and is currently freed on $3 million bond; $2 million in cash bond and $1 million in property. He reportedly is facing 30 years in jail if convicted of the charges.
Initially had his lawyers filed two motions on November 6th asking a judge to allow him to have visitors at his house on Thanksgiving as he's under 24-hour house arrest while waiting trial, T.I. later on decided to withdraw his request because of the strong opposition they faced from prosecutors.
The rapper is now spending his house arrest time writing some materials for a new album, reportedly to be titled "Paper Trail," which is expected be released in September 2008 via Grand Hustle/Atlantic.