T.I. Sued for Stealing Concert Stage

8/15/2014 12:40 AM PDT

T.I. -- Sued For Stealing Concert Stage


T.I. took the stage ... literally.  He rented a stage for his concert tour and treated it like a flower arrangement at a wedding reception dinner table ... in other words, he took it home without paying.

T.I.'s "America's Most Wanted" tour -- a collaboration with T.I. and Lil Wayne -- was big last year.  The centerpiece of the stage was an expensive screen -- known as a roll drop -- used to project video and photos.  

T.I. paid the rental fee but according to a new lawsuit -- obtained by TMZ --  when the concert was over the rapper didn't return the roll drop.

The rental company says its roll drop doesn't come cheap -- $50K.  But the rental company wants twice that, arguing they could have made lots of money renting it out to other performers.