by Ms. Black Hollywood
Singer Peri “Pebbles” Reid has traded in the mic for a bible and minister’s collar, but she is not turning the other cheek over a recent biopic on the R&B group she masterminded. Newsone says Pebbles has “reportedly filed a $40 million lawsuit for defamation against Viacom in an Atlanta federal court for her unscrupulous portrayal in the made-for-TV biopic “CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story” The biopic aired last fall on VH1. Pebbles claims in the lawsuit that the made for TV film has ruined her image after depicting her as “conniving and dishonest business woman who hoodwinked three innocent girls and exploited their talents for her own personal gain…”
Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins, Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes and Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas came out of Atlanta to form one of the biggest female trios of the 90s. TLC scored nine Top 10 hits on Billboard, recorded four multi-platinum albums and their “CrazySexyCool” album still reigns as the only album by a female group to reach diamond certification thanks to hits like “Creep”, “Waterfalls” and “No Scrubs”.
Still in spite of all their success, TLC’s members ended up filing Chapter 11 bankruptcy one year after their biggest selling album hit stores. Watkins, Lopes and Thomas claim at the time with the album’s 1995 release, they were earning only $35k each after management and creative fees and taxes.
Even though the TLC members claim they lived more like paupers instead hip-hop queens, they apparently aren’t holding Pebbles responsible. According to entertainment news site TheJasmineBrand, “Pebbles lists the witnesses she will call to testify on the stand in the upcoming trial. She lists herself, Chilli, T-Boz, her ex-husband L.A. Reid and Babyface ( real name Kenneth Edmonds).”
Pebbles alleges that she had no control over the singing group’s accountants or legal team and the VH1 “ignored fundamental canons of journalistic and literary conduct by publishing false and defamatory accusations with actual malice.”
VH1 has fired back saying the biopic’s Pebbles representation was accurate and not done with malice.