ATLANTA (AP) – T.I.’s help in talking down a suicidal man from
an Atlanta skyscraper may help the rapper’s image as he faces
the possibility of returning to federal prison after prosecutors
say he violated his probation.

T.I. is due in court Friday for a parole hearing. The Atlanta
native served a 10-month sentence in prison and a halfway house after pleading guilty to federal weapons charges from a 2006 arrest and was released in March.

The multiplatinum-selling artist’s real name is Clifford Harris.
He was in the midst of personal and professional success when he and his wife were arrested Sept. 1 on suspicion of drug possession. A probation officer has recommended he face eight to 14 months in prison.

On Wednesday afternoon, T.I. helped police talk a man down from the ledge of a 22-story building in midtown Atlanta.