T.I. To Give Testimony Friday; Upcoming Project With Bon Jovi Guitarist

Grammy Award-winning rapper T.I. is scheduled to appear in a Cincinnati courtroom Friday to offer his testimony against Hosea Thomas, the 34-year-old man accused of killing the rapper's childhood friend and personal assistant Philant Johnson in 2006. The Grand Hustle/Atlantic recording artist will offer his account of the chain of events that led to a car chase and gun battle in which Thomas is accused of firing at two vans carrying T.I.'s entourage along I-75 in Cincinnati in the early morning hours of May 3.

The altercation left Johnson dead at the scene and four others injured.

T.I.'s testimony comes on the third day of witness accounts as the Hamilton County prosecutor's office presents its case against Thomas.

So far, the jury selected on Monday (November 7), has heard from eyewitnesses, members of T.I.'s entourage and a person who was in the Jeep Cherokee with Thomas on the night in question.

No word on whether that person was the prosecution's star witness, 40-year-old Padron Thomas, who provided authorities with incriminating evidence against his brother Hosea as part of a plea deal.

In related news, T.I. is reportedly expanding his musical repertoire as well.

Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora has revealed that one of his many upcoming projects is a collaboration with the Atlanta rapper.

Sambora did not provide details as to whether the collaboration would be for Bon Jovi's upcoming greatest hits album, which will feature new material by the rock band.