AceShowbiz - An attorney for rapper T.I. has blasted the star's misdemeanour charges relating to a recent altercation with a security guard as "baseless, ill-founded and unjustified".
The Whatever You Like hitmaker, real name Clifford Harris, Jr., was taken into custody back in May, after he was refused entry into the Eagles Landing Country Club gated community in Georgia, where he owns a home.
T.I., who had forgotten his keys, was accused of angrily arguing with security official Euwan James, who reported the star to police.
He was booked for simple assault, public drunkenness, and disorderly conduct, and last week, ends July 13, prosecutors officially charged him with the three misdemeanours.
In the court filing, authorities claim T.I. issued a verbal threat to James, and had been acting "in a violent or tumultuous manner". They also alleged he had displayed "boisterous conduct" and used "profane language" while apparently intoxicated.
However, T.I.'s legal representative, Steve Sadow, has now slammed the accusations, insisting his client did nothing of the sort.
"The misdemeanor charges brought against T.I. are baseless, ill-founded and unjustified," he wrote in an emailed statement issued to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "T.I. never threatened or acted in a violent manner towards Euwan James, the security guard."
Sadow goes on to claim that James has since been "fired for the way he handled the situation with T.I.", and expresses his dismay at local prosecutors for pursuing the counts against the rapper.
He concluded, "We had sincerely hoped that the Henry County Solicitor had better, more important, things to do to serve the Henry County community than prosecute an African American over a verbal dispute during an encounter with a security guard who was asleep at his post and was unwilling to provide his name to T.I. so T.I. could report the guard's misconduct to his employer."
T.I., who has previously served time for gun charges and probation violations, was released on $2,250 (£1,700) bond the morning after his arrest. According to TMZ.com, the misdemeanours are unlikely to land him any further jail time.