Pebbles Sueing TLC For $40 Million – Tha Wire [VIDEO]
Today in Tha Wire Pebbles is suing TLC for $40 million in damages over their VH1 biopic and an update on the bomb scare in front of Jay Z's 40/40/ club.
Even though it’s been almost a year since the VH1 biopic “CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story aired, the group’s former manager Perri “Pebbles” Reid is still salty about her negative portrayal in the flick. The TLC Story aired on October 21st in 2013 and in April this year Pebbles filed a defamation lawsuit against VH1’s owner Viacom, asking for $40 million in damages. At the core of her lawsuit, Pebbles claims she was portrayed “as a conniving and dishonest businesswoman who hoodwinked three innocent girls and exploited their talent for her own personal gain.”
Pebbles’ wrath didn’t stop with the network, The Atlanta Journal reports she’s going after Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins and Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas. This week, Ms. Reid filed a lawsuit against TLC’s surviving members for the same $40 million, looking to collect punitive damages for their role as executive producers of the film. In a separate lawsuit, she’s suing the film’s screenwriter Kate Lanier as well.
According to the Atlanta Journal, Pebbles believes the film “damaged her reputation as a business woman and entertainer.” Back in the day, Pebbles was a very successful artist with five R&B and three Pop top 10 hits. Her her biggest hits were “Mercedes Boy” and her ballad “Love Makes Things Happen featuring Babyface. Speaking of which, Babyface formerly of the group The Deele, founded LaFace Records with his former group mate L.A. Reid, who married Pebbles in 1989. Shortly after their union, Pebbles created her own label, Savvy Records and signed TLC.
The group went on to be one of the biggest girl groups of all time, selling millions of albums. However, despite their incredible success, they were $3.5 million in dept. Their second album “CrazySexyCool sold 15 million copies alone and achieved Diamond status, yet the girls only brought home $35,000 a year.
Things went from bad to worse, listen to Tha Wire below for even more details. Finally in an update on the bomb scare outside Jay Z’s 40/40 Club, the New York Daily News reports the package turned out to be a hoax. Surveillance footage captured a man dropping a device in a phone, just outside the swanky sports bar and walking away around 3 am.
Someone must have discovered the package, which turned out to be two pieces of wood held together by wires. Police and New Yorks bomb squad were called to the scene at 7 a.m. Listen to Tha Wire below and find out what police believe was the motive. Plus, find out what celebs are cerebrating birthdays today.