T.I. is very determined to help the suicidal man he talked off the ledge of a 22-story building in Atlanta earlier this week, so much that the the rapper says that he has “every intention” of keeping in touch with the young man in an effort to help him “get better.”
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TMZ spoke with T.I. … who tells us he first heard about the jumper on the radio and, “It summoned my heart, my spirit. I said to myself … I gotta help.” T.I. says he then proceeded to go to the scene … and explains, “I just asked the officer if there was anything I could do to help resolve this peacefully.”
The cops told the jumper that T.I. wanted to talk to him … but the jumper didn’t believe it at first, so “to assure him that it was really me they recorded a video message on the cop’s cell phone and took it up to him …15 minutes later the guy came down peacefully.”
T.I. says he told the man, “I want to speak to you, and that it’s not that bad. I’m willing to do whatever it is to help the situation, but I can’t do that unless you help me help you.” Once the man agreed to move from the ledge to the lobby, T.I. says he told the man, “No matter how bad things get they get better … if you unplug the game then you don’t get extra men … when it gets bad, you feel bad, but it can get better.”
T.I. insists he wants to stay in touch with the man — saying, “I’ll do anything I can to help things get better.”
The multi-platinum Grammy Award winning rapper (real name: Clifford Harris) is due in court today to face charges that he violated his probation, and will find out if he will heading back to prison and how long he’ll have to stay there.