T.I. cuts $8,000 check for overdue lawyer fees

January 7, 2009 8:09:28 AM PST
Rapper T.I. went to court and promptly paid an $8,000 overdue lawyer bill for the mother of two of his sons, telling a judge the debt was an oversight.

Lawyers for LaShon Dixon asked a Fulton County judge to intervene after the 28-year-old rapper, whose real name is Clifford Harris, failed to pay in November. He had agreed to the payment as part of an ongoing child support case.

T.I. had a check for the money owed, effectively settling the matter. During the Tuesday hearing, which lasted more than four hours, he told the judge the order to pay got lost when he changed assistants.

"It was just a clerical error, totally innocent," he said. "I will accept full responsibility for that."

The two-time Grammy winner was ordered in September to pay more than $3,000 a month to Dixon - to whom he had been paying about $2,000 per month - as well as the boys' private school tuition, uninsured medical bills and expenses related to their extracurricular activities.

T.I. and Dixon are still negotiating child support and custody of the boys, ages 7 and 8. He also has two sons with his fiancee, Tameka "Tiny" Cottle, of the defunct R&B group Xscape.

It is unclear when the judge will issue a final decision. T.I. is scheduled to be sentenced on federal weapons charges in March. He is expected to serve at least a year in federal prison.