Tiny Harris, the wife of rapper T.I., recently drew attention for her efforts to garner $60,000 in donations to secure the release of Trey Songz’s bodyguard, Cornell Whitfield. Whitfield is currently incarcerated in Dubai, facing a one-year sentence for his involvement in protecting singer Trey Songz.
In a post that has since been deleted, Tiny shared her plea on her social media account on Tuesday, October 24. The post included a screenshot of a Daily Mail article detailing Whitfield’s imprisonment after intervening in an incident while guarding Trey Songz.
In her caption, Tiny appealed for support, stating, “We are asking for your help … $60k is what we are trying to raise to bring Champ back to the states,” Tiny captioned it. “This situation is unfortunate and he does not deserve to be treated any kind of way for doing his job. He is a family man and loving father who deserves to be with his loved ones. To donate the link is on my stories. Thank you!!!! Bring champ home.”
However, public reactions were mixed, with some questioning why Tiny, T.I., Trey Songz, or a combination of them couldn’t cover the expenses themselves. One commenter suggested that it should be Trey Songz who pays for his bodyguard’s release, emphasizing that it’s his protector who is currently incarcerated.
Another individual expressed their disapproval, criticizing the plea as disrespectful, especially given the display of opulence by Tiny and her husband. Yet another questioned why Tiny, T.I., and Trey Songz couldn’t each contribute $20,000 toward the cause.
According to the accompanying article, the incident leading to Whitfield’s arrest occurred when Trey Songz was confronted by an agitated man outside the luxury FIVE Palm Jumeirah hotel in March.
Whitfield intervened in his role as Songz’s bodyguard, stating that he gently touched the man’s face to defuse the situation before continuing his duties. Whitfield left the country and returned in August, only to be apprehended upon arrival due to a criminal complaint filed by the agitated individual.
Whitfield was informed that he would need to pay $60,000 to the complainant to have the charges dropped. When he was unable to meet this demand, he was sentenced to one year in jail. Currently, he is out on bail but cannot leave the United Arab Emirates.