T.I. and Tiny Harris Hit With Defamation Lawsuit
Following news Sunday that a lawyer is seeking criminal inquiries into T.I. and his wife Tameka “Tiny” Harris over multiple accusations of sexual assault and assault, the couple is now facing a defamation lawsuit.
Sabrina Peterson filed the suit against T.I. (real name Clifford J. Harris Jr.) and Harris on Monday (March 1) in l. a. court , claiming T.I. threatened her with a gun then recently denied. Hairdresser Shekinah Jones Anderson, who has appeared on T.I. and Tiny’s reality show, T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle, is additionally named as a defendant. Peterson is suing for libel, invasion of privacy and intentional infliction of emotional distress, among other causes of action.
Peterson, a business coach and founding father of Glam University — described as a web education program for “the modern female boss” — says she has known T.I. and Tiny for quite a decade. At one point during their acquaintance, Peterson alleges that T.I. put a gun to her head and said, “Bitch I’ll kill you,” consistent with her 16-page complaint. It wasn’t until this year, on Jan. 26, after what Peterson calls a “traumatic carjacking” that she decided to share the small print of her alleged assault by T.I. on social media. Peterson also posted to Instagram Stories other women’s accusations claiming T.I. and Tiny force-fed them drugs then had sex with them. (T.I. and Harris’ attorney issued a press release on their behalf “emphatically” denying the claims.)
From there, Peterson alleges that T.I., Harris and Anderson all made defamatory comments about her on social media.
Harris, Peterson says, responded with a post directed at her, saying, “You strange” and “Everybody know you been special,” and included an image of Peterson’s 8-year-old son. T.I. subsequently posted a video to his Instagram followers denying Peterson’s claim which he had ever drugged, raped or held anyone against their will. Anderson also posted a video where she accused Peterson of engaging in sexual acts with T.I. and Tiny, consistent with the complaint. of these actions, Peterson says, were defamatory, and since coming forward together with her allegations against T.I she says she has been inundated with harassing and threatening messages.
T.I. and Tiny’s attorney Andrew Brettler of Lavely & Singer denied that his clients ever said anything defamatory against Peterson.
“Ms. Peterson is that the definition of ‘libel proof,’” said Brettler during a statement to Billboard. “She features a lengthy blotter for crimes involving dishonesty and violence. Nothing our clients may have said about her is defamatory. Ultimately, not only will Peterson’s meritless lawsuit be dismissed, but also she is going to be liable for paying the legal fees the Harrises are going to be forced to incur in reference to it.”
Peterson’s lawsuit comes an equivalent day that Tyrone Blackburn, a replacement York attorney, held a news conference announcing that he represents 11 individuals — 10 women and one man — who all claim that they need been victims of T.I. and Harris. The individuals alleged the couple “have kidnapped them, drugged them, raped them, and terrorized them with threats of death or physical bodily harm,” consistent with Blackburn, who is also one among the attorneys representing Peterson. The individuals’ allegations, which were first reported by The ny Times on Sunday, reached bent Peterson and Blackburn to share their stories of alleged abuse.
Blackburn said this morning during a Zoom news conference that he sent a letter detailing his clients’ allegations to the Georgia U.S. Attorney within the Northern District, the California U.S. Attorney within the Central District, the state attorneys general of California and Georgia, and therefore the l. a. DA Office imploring them to open an investigation into the couple.