UPDATED with statement from Harrises’ attorney and civil lawsuit filing: At least 10 women and one man are accusing T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle stars Tip “T.I.” Harris and Tameka “Tiny” Harris of multiple sex, weapons and drugging crimes spanning 15 years.
Attorney Tyrone Blackburn held a news conference today to announce that he is seeking criminal charges against the couple (read the allegations here). He says his firm represents 11 accusers, and that it has been contacted by “over 30 women” who allege that the Harrises, “aided by several individuals in their employ, have kidnapped them, drugged them, raped them, and terrorized them with threats of death or physical bodily harm.”
This afternoon, attorneys for Sabrina Peterson filed a defamation, invasion of privacy and emotional distress civil lawsuit against the Harrises and Shekinah Anderson — who also is Tameka Harris’ hairdresser and has appeared on some of her reality shows. The suit filed in Los Angeles Superior Court (read it here) alleges, among other things, that Anderson posted a video on social media in January that falsely claimed Peterson had sex with the Harrises. She also claims that Tip Harris put a gun to Peterson’s head around that time and said, “Bitch, I’ll kill you.”
Filming on T.I. & Tiny: Friends & Family Hustle was put on hold in early February after the first allegations surfaced. The show had been shooting its fourth season in Atlanta since December.
In the letter to California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, who is up for confirmation as President Joe Biden’s pick to lead the Department of Health and Human Services, Blackburn says “the various events of interest span fifteen years and have occurred in California — especially in the city of Los Angeles and the states of Georgia and Florida.”
The letter lays out several lurid claims against the Harrises, ranging from drugging and kidnapping to multiple rapes. One accuser claims to have known Tameka Harris since eighth grade and that “they were best friends.”
The Harrises’ attorney, Steve Sadow, released this statement on their behalf today: “Clifford (T.I.) and Tameka Harris deny in the strongest possible terms these unsubstantiated and baseless allegations. We are confident that if these claims are thoroughly and fairly investigated, no charges will be forthcoming. These allegations are nothing more than the continuation of a sordid shakedown campaign that began on social media. The Harrises implore everyone not to be taken in by these obvious attempts to manipulate the press and misuse the justice system.”
T.I. & Tiny: Friends & Family Hustle comes from 51 Minds Entertainment. Sources told Deadline last month that the decision to pause production on the show was made mutually by MTV Entertainment, T.I. and Tameka Harris. Announced plans for a spring Season 4 premiere are on hold, the sources said.
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