ATLANTA (Reuters) - Grammy Award-winning rapper T.I. was sentenced on Friday to serve 11 months in jail for violating the terms of his probation after he was arrested in September on suspicion of possessing ecstasy.
“I screwed up. I screwed up big time and I am sorry,” the singer told U.S. District Judge Charles Pannell, who also ordered him to serve a year of supervised release.
T.I., 30, has won three Grammy Awards, most recently in 2008 for “Swagga Like Us” and has been nominated 12 times.
Even by the standards of U.S. hip-hop stars, T.I. has undergone a remarkable few years.
In 2007, he faced a possible 30 years in prison on federal gun charges after he was arrested the same day he was due to have starred at the Black Entertainment Television awards after being nominated for a series of honors.
A judge eventually sentenced him to just one year in jail after he pleaded guilty and agreed to do 1,000 hours of community service, warning young people about the dangers of drugs and gangs — work for which he was widely praised.
Friday’s hearing stemmed from an arrest on September 1 in Hollywood, when police said they found drugs in his vehicle.
On Wednesday of this week, T.I., whose real name is Clifford Harris, helped persuade a man not to jump from a 22-story building in Atlanta’s midtown.
Police praised T.I. after an officer at the scene recorded a video message from the rapper, who was passing by, and sent it to a negotiator on the roof, who showed it to the 24-year-old man, according to local media reports.
T.I.’s career began as a rapper in 2001 but he has since branched out into other areas of the music and film industry, finding success both as a producer and actor.
He founded Grand Hustle Records in 2003, which operates as a subsidiary of Warner Music Group.
Editing by Todd Eastham