Two days after his release, rapper T.I., who was born Clifford Harris, finds himself back in federal prison in a controversy over using a luxury tour bus to report to a halfway house.
“We are awaiting the opportunity to quickly resolve whatever the issue may be that the Federal Bureau of Prisons has with T.I.’s method of transportation, bus, from Arkansas to Atlanta, so that T.I. can return to the halfway house to complete the remaining days of his sentence,” the Grammy-winning rapper’s attorney, Steve Sadow, told E! News.
Therefore, instead of temporarily residing in a halfway house, T.I. is now in prison in Atlanta. Officials told the AFRO they would only confirm T.I.’s whereabouts and his release date but would not comment on why he was sent to prison.
Apparently, the rapper failed to comply with the rules, according to TMZ.com. Prison officials told the website that an incarcerated prisoner in a low or medium security facility is allowed to travel in a private, unescorted mode of transportation. But T.I. told the authorities he would be traveling in a van, not a tour bus with an entourage.
Prison officials also barred the use of video cameras at the facility.
Production had already begun on a VH1 reality series set to follow the rapper. Cameras were already shooting before he was placed back into federal custody.
The rapper appeared to be pleased with his release on drug charges stemming from a September 2010 traffic stop in Los Angeles where he and his wife were found with ecstasy. That charge was a violation of probation for an earlier conviction on weapons charges. He was sentenced to 11 months in prison.
“The storm is over & da sun back out. IT’S OUR TIME TO SHINE SHAWTY!!!!!” he said via his Twitter account after his release. “Welcome to the beginning of our Happy Ending!!!!”
T.I.’s scheduled release date from the United States Penitentiary in Atlanta is Sept. 29.