A woman sued rapper T.I. and his wife, Tameka “Tiny” Harris, for damages on Monday, accusing the couple of defamation, invasion of privacy and intentional infliction of emotional distress.
She had previously alleged that T.I. threatened her at gunpoint after she got into an altercation with his assistant, and had also accused him of drugging and raping women throughout the years.
T.I., whose real name is Clifford Harris Jr., denied the allegations in late January in a joint statement with Tiny, claiming they “have had difficulty” with the woman, Sabrina Peterson, for “well over a decade.
Peterson’s lawsuit offers as evidence of defamation Instagram posts from T.I., Tiny and Shekinah Jones Anderson – a television personality who has appeared on the couple’s reality show “T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle” and is also listed as a defendant – as well as harassing messages from their followers.
“Nothing our clients may have said about her is defamatory,” he stated. “Ultimately, not only will Peterson’s meritless lawsuit be dismissed, but also she will be responsible for paying the legal fees the Harrises will be forced to incur in connection with it.”
Peterson’s defamation suit arrives the same day another attorney, Tyrone Blackburn, held a virtual news conference on behalf of 11 clients accusing T.I. and Tiny of sexual abuse and assault in incidents dating back as far as September 2005.
In 2010, T.I. wed longtime girlfriend Tiny, a member of the R&B group Xscape who won a Grammy for her work on TLC’s “No Scrubs.
The couple’s first reality series premiered on VH1 in 2011. Production paused on the fourth season of their current show, “T.I. & Tiny: Friends & Family Hustle,” in light of the allegations.
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