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Rapper T.I. to pay fine for cursing in public in Georgia

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Rapper T.I. pleaded no contest to violating a local Georgia law barring public cursing and agreed to pay a $300 fine, according to reports. 

A spokesperson for T.I., whose real name is Clifford Harris Jr., told The Atlanta Journal Constitution that the rapper still contends he is innocent. But the spokesperson, Steve Sadow, told the newspaper that T.I. entered no contest for county ordinance violation to “put this matter to bed.” 

{mosads}The charge stemmed from an incident that occurred in May at the gated community in Atlanta where T.I. lives. The Journal Constitution notes that T.I was arrested on May 16 after returning to the gated community without his keys. 

He was released on bond, according to the AP. 

The security guard on duty initially would not let T.I. in, but eventually complied. After T.I. returned home, he returned to the community’s front gate to get the name of the guard’s supervisor. 

A police report from Henry County said T.I. was intoxicated and confronted the security guard using “vulgar, profane, lout and unbecoming language.”

A Henry County ordinance includes using “any obscene words or epithets” in public spaces in the definition of disorderly conduct, as well as appearing in public “in an intoxicated state or condition.”

The incident resulted in three counts of disorderly conduct. A simple assault charge against him was dropped on Oct. 16, according to court documents.  

Sadow said in September that the accusations against the rapper were “baseless, ill-founded and unjustified.”

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