Six months after VH1 premiered CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story, Perri “Pebbles” Reid has filed a lawsuit against the network’s parent company.
According to reports, TLC’s former manager is suing Viacom for $40 million over the 2013 film, which portrayed her “as a conniving and dishonest business woman who hoodwinked three innocent girls and exploited their talent for her own personal gain.”
In the suit, Pebbles says Viacom “ignored fundamental canons of journalistic and literary conduct by publishing false and defamatory accusations with actual malice.” She also insists she “never controlled TLC’s lawyers or accountants, never withheld contract terms from TLC and always paid the group what they were owed,” according to Page Six.
In November, Pebbles shared her side of the story during visit on “The Wendy Williams Show.”
On if she paid TLC $25 a week:
I don’t do $25 on things. I’m a very generous person. That’s a lie… a huge one.
On buying the group members RAV4s:
In terms of the RAV4, that’s what you asked for, that’s what you wanted, fine. Listen, you don’t have Ferrari money. Why get you one? You haven’t made that. You just came out. You’re a new group. Uh, I went platinum too. First new artist contracts, you do promotional tours. You do opening act tours. That’s not Ferrari money, honey. You just got here. You only had a couple of singles out.
On if she kicked Chilli from out the group:
[I] Absolutely [did] not [kick Chilli out of the group]. T-Boz and Left Eye did. [They kicked her out] because of what they said was happening in the studio. That [Chilli dating Dallas] was the conflict of interest. This is what they said to me, ‘She’s in here doing this and doing that.’ They have group rules. I sat them down early on and said, ‘Establish how you want to be a unit so you can keep your communication together. Make rules. Don’t cross these rules.’ You have three girls. You gotta keep them together. You’re supposed to not [fraternize with the help.] Everybody is going to gravitate, hell, I married my producer. That was love. But what I’m saying is this, they did not like it, they did not want it. And it is the truth.
After the appearance, Chile and T-Boz tweeted, “Yall need 2 watch what church yall walk n2 cuz ill tell ya sum of these so called MINISTERS might get struck down by lightning at any moment.”
It looks like Pebbles, who had been threatening to file a defamation suit for months, stayed true to her word.
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1. Drew Sidora, KeKe Palmer, Lil Mama Channel TLC
TLC is the biggest selling girl group of all time, but that didn't come without trials and tribulations. VH1 aired the "CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story" biopic and put some of those controversies on full blast. Some things were exaggerated, but some things were completely accurate!
2. TRUTH: Was Pebbles Really That Horrible? Yes
Chilli and T-Boz have openly expressed their disdain for the way Pebbles treated them while they were signed to her label Pebbitone. In the VH1 TLC biopic, Pebbles was portrayed as an unfair boss who robbed the girls blind at by having them sign unfavorable contracts at their young age. Pebbles claimed the film depicted her in a negative light. T-Boz had something to say about it: "It’s not exaggerated. [When we didn't sign our contracts] she cried and she did the whole, ‘You don’t trust me.’ That was true. But she had a tear. Remember the tear? We called it a Demi Moore tear. The thing that is true though, she did do some good for us. She put us together. She taught us some things. But then there’s always times when you work with people, there’s always things that you’re never going to agree with and you don’t like their ways. And people part ways, and I don’t think that she ever got over that." Pebbles threatened to sue VH1 for slander.
3. FALSE: Pebbles Owns TLC's Name
Well, this one is partially "false." Pebbles did in fact own TLC's name. She charged them $1 million per letter to buy the rights to the famous initials.
4. TRUTH: T-Boz Dated Jodeci Member Dalvin Degrate
Before Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins eventually settled down and had a baby, married rapper Mack 10, she dated Dalvin Degrate from group Jodeci in her hay day. Their relationship didn't last when Dalvin cheated on T-Boz.
5. TRUTH: Chilli Had An Abortion
When Chilli was 20-years-old she began dating prouder Dallas Austin while he worked on TLC's debut album "Ooooooohhh... On the TLC Tip." Chilli became pregnant, but decided to have an abortion because her career had just begun taking off. "It messed me up. It broke my spirit. I feel like I became not my strong self anymore," she told VH1. "I feel like I gave in and broke to what someone else wanted. I would break down and just cry because I wasn’t a mommy. I cried almost every day for almost 9 years."
6. FALSE: "No one makes money until the second album"
Pebbles allegedly told TLC that "No one makes money until the second album," this is false. Artists have definitely profited from their first albums' sales. Pebbles took a greedy portion from TLC as well as charged them for everything from music video shoots to their first cars.
7. TRUTH: Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes Burned Down The House
Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes was such a firecracker, when she she claimed her boyfriend beat her the night before. To retaliate, she threw his belongings into the bathtub with a match. She didn't realize that the tub was made of extremely flammable fiberglass material. Rison lost all his possessions and Lopes was sentenced to five years probation and therapy at a halfway house. She said she suffered from mental and physical abuse.
8. TRUTH: T-Boz Suffers From Sickle-Cell Disease
T- Boz was diagnosed with sickle-cell anemia at a young age. She was not expected to lie past the age of 30. In 1996, T-Boz could hide her ailment no more and soon became a spokespeople for Sickle Cell Disease Association of America. Despite belief that she would never get pregnant, T-Boz gave birth to a baby girl in 2000. In 2006, she admitted to having a having a strawberry-size acoustic neuroma on her vestibular nerve, which affected her balance, hearing, sight, and facial movement. T-Boz revealed, in a 2009 interview, that she suffered from a brain tumor for three years.