T.I. Speaks For the First Time Since Arrest

ATLANTA (AP) _ Rapper T.I. expressed confidence he would NOT be
convicted of federal weapons charges he faces, speaking publicly for the first time since his arrest in a video posted on a hip-hop Web site.

In the short video posted on Streetcred.com, T.I., who real name is Clifford Harris Junior, said people should not believe everything reported in the news.

He also says he is looking forward to being exonerated on the charges against him.

Harris thanked his fans and lawyers. He also thanked the judge in his case for allowing him to be on house arrest.

Harris also said in the video that he is using his free time to read, write and work on a new album.

Harris was arrested October 13th in a midtown Atlanta parking lot just blocks from the BET Hip-Hop Awards, which he was to headline later that night. Federal authorities say the 27-year-old rapper tried to buy machine guns and silencers.

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