T.I. is back behind bars just one day after leaving Forrest City Federal Prison in Arkansas. According to the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) Web site, the rap superstar is currently being held in the United States Penitentiary in Atlanta while the bureau determines where he will spend the final 30 days of his 11-month sentence for violating his probation in a 2009 gun conviction.
As previously reported, federal officials objected to the means in which T.I. was transported from Forrest City on Wednesday to a halfway house in the ATL. TMZ reports the Grand Hustle general reportedly took a luxury tour bus for the 375-mile trek, accompanied by a four-car motorcade.
Law enforcement officials told the gossip site that while inmates are allowed to take private, unescorted vehicles to a community living facility, they were never informed by T.I.’s people to the extent of which the rapper would be transported. Instead, Tip said that he would be simply taking a van.
T.I.’s attorney, Steve Sadow, said TMZ’s report that his client misled law enforcement of his means of travel is untrue.
“The story on TMZ about what the Federal Bureau of Prisons was told regarding T.I.’s method of transportation is nothing more than speculation,” he told XXLMag.com. “Since I have no specifics about what was asked or said, I am not yet in a position to comment except to say that we are confident there was never any intent or reason to mislead or misstate the method of transportation. T.I. got on the bus in full view of BOP employees. If there was some confusion or misunderstanding surrounding the method of transportation, we hope to clear it up quickly so T.I. can return to the halfway house.”
While there was no drugs or alcohol found on the bus, Tip did immediately begin filming his new reality show for VH1 on board. The 10-episode series will chronicle his journey home from prison, reuniting with his loved ones and re-entering society.
VH1 declined to comment when reached by XXL.
Stay tuned to XXLmag.com as the story develops. —Elan Mancini