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Judge Ends T.I.’s Probation, Rapper Cleared To Tour

May 16th, 2006 | By Administrator

Atlanta rapper T.I. appeared in court yesterday (May 15) to answer a charge of violating his probation sentence stemming from a 2003 arrest in Tampa, Fla.

Judge Daniel Perry ended the probation and T.I. is now free to perform a series of concerts that had been canceled after a month of turmoil rocked the rapper’s tour.

“All prior legal matters have been resolved as it relates to T.I.’s probation,” T.I.’s attorney Jonathan Leonard told “He is no longer on probation for any previous legal incidents.”

The outing was halted after a May 3 shooting fatally wounded T.I.’s assistant and longtime friend Philant Johnson, 26, of Union City, Ga.

According to police, the shooting was the result of an altercation that took place earlier in the evening at an after-hours nightclub.

Police say two dark SUV’s chased T.I.’s van and opened fire when the vehicle came to a halt after blowing a tire. Johnson was killed and three others were injured. T.I. was also in the van but was not injured.

T.I. appeared in court May 10 to answer a separate charge for allegedly threatening several men outside an Atlanta strip club in another case, when he was briefly jailed for violating his probation.

Judge Perry sentenced the rapper to perform 225 hours of community service in March 2005, after he pleaded guilty to battery on an officer and violating the terms of his previous probation.

A few months later, after he violated probation by driving with a suspended license, T.I. was given an additional 150 hours of community service.

The Florida warrant accused T.I. of serving only 10 hours of his community service. The rapper canceled a planned tour of Japan to answer the charges yesterday.

The rapper’s official Web site lists his next scheduled performance at The House of Blues in Anaheim, Calif., followed by dates in San Diego, Los Angeles, New York, Washington D.C. and Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

T.I.’s fourth album, King, was recently certified platinum by the RIAA.