He allegedly told James, “Nobody will get you out of this” and “you have to look me in the eyes as a man,” according to charging documents.
T.I.’s defense attorney, Steve Sadow, takes issue with the third count of disorderly conduct. In a motion to dismiss, he claims T.I.’s words to the guard constitute expressive conduct, not an actual threat of a fight, court records show.
A judge has not determined whether to dismiss that charge.
The simple assault charge that was dropped alleged that the verbal threats put the guard in reasonable fear of being injured. The charge was dropped when the rapper’s accusation was amended Oct. 16.
When T.I. was formally charged in September, Sadow told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution the accusations were “baseless, ill-founded and unjustified.” He pointed to the fact that the guard was eventually fired by his security company for what Sadow said was “the way he handled the situation with T.I.”
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Sadow was reached Tuesday by AJC.com but did not want to comment on the case.
A jury trial is set to begin Feb. 4.
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