T.I. is scheduled to appear before U.S. Magistrate Judge Alan Baverman at Atlanta’s federal courthouse today at 3:00 p.m. The U.S. Attorney’s Office and the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco & firearms are expected to hold a press conference following the appearance. Tip was arrested a few hours before he was scheduled to perform at the BET Hip-Hop Awards on Saturday (October 13) and is now facing a series of federal weapons charges. His attorney, Dwight Thomas, told the New York Post that his client is innocent of the charges levied against him and asked that the public refrain from jumping to conclusions “He’s not guilty. There are two sides to every story. We are asking everyone to withhold judgment,” Thomas told the paper.
The King of the South was taken into custody in a midtown Atlanta parking lot as he was picking up three machine guns he allegedly asked one of his bodyguards to purchase for him. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that rappers Young Dro and Mac Boney of Grand Hustle, as well as T.I.’s girlfriend Tameka “Tiny” Cottle were also taken into custody at the time of the bust. While Dro and Mac Boney were released without charges, Tiny—perhaps best known for her stint in 90’s R&B group Xscape—has been charged with possession of marijuana and ecstasy. “We’re going to be all right,” Dro told the AJC. “It’s just a mistake. Everybody’s entitled to some. We’ll be OK.”