This past fall 2013, VH1 unveiled CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story. The biopic showed the humble beginnings of the world-renowned girl group and their troubles in the record industry, which ultimately left them bankrupt in 1994 after the success of their album, CrazySexyCool. The movie makes claims that manager and singer Perri “Pebbles” Reid was behind their financial ruin — and now Pebbles is suing the network for the depiction.
According to PageSix, Pebbles is filing suit against Viacom for $40 million, claiming that the flick portrays 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 claims that Viacom “ignored fundamental canons of journalistic and literary conduct by publishing false and defamatory accusations with actual malice.” Pebbles also goes on to say that she never controlled TLC’s lawyers and accountants, nor did she withhold contract terms from TLC, and asserts they were always paid what the group was owed.
In 1994, the group’s Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins, Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes, and Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Record execs said TLC only filed to get out of their contracts; however, the ladies, who eventually sued LaFace Records and Pebitone (Pebbles’ management company) claimed they were only paid $50,000 from 1993 to 1994.
Unfortunately, Viacom said that it’s not their policy to “comment on matters in litigation,” but we have a feeling we’ll be hearing a lot of this suit from all the players involved pretty soon.
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