Rapper T.I. (né Clifford Harris Jr.), 29, and his wife, Tameka Cottle, 36, were arrested last night in L.A. after police detected marijuana coming from their car at a traffic stop in West Hollywood, confirms Deputy Luis Castro of the L.A. County Sheriff’s Headquarters Bureau. Authorities subsequently searched T.I.’s car and arrested the couple for possession of a controlled substance. (Officials have so far declined to specify the drug involved.) T.I. and Cottle, who were married July 30, posted $10,000 bail and were released this morning.
T.I.’s label rep is not offering a statement at this time. UPDATE – Atlantic Records has issued the following statement: “T.I. is an important and valued member of our Atlantic family. It would
be premature to speculate about the current situation given that there is an ongoing investigation of this matter.”
The Grammy-winning rapper and sometime actor is still on probation after serving seven months in prison last year for a weapons conviction. Takers, which he also produced, is currently No. 1 at the box office. In an interview with EW earlier this week, T.I. promised to focus on his upcoming album King Uncaged now that Takers is out.
“I gave my word and I promised that after I completely gave my attention to the marketing and release of the film, once I released it to a No. 1 opening and did twenty-plus millions of dollars in box office at the debut — now, starting Monday (Aug. 30), man, I am completely consuming myself with the completion of King Uncaged,” he said.
Cottle was a member of the R&B group Xscape in the 1990s and recently starred on the reality series The Tiny and Toya Show. Cottle recently thanked her followers for their support on her Twitter account. “Jus wanted 2say thank u 2every1 dats been leaving encouraging msgs & prayers,” she tweeted. “We love u guys :) going 2bed now! So glad 2b n a nice clean bed$.”
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