In real life, Pebbles was a solo artist married to record exec LA Reid who took credit for discovering the fledgling group and brought her to her then husband’s label, LaFace Records.
In the TV movie she was seen as a big sister type watching out for them in a male-dominated industry. But as far as Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas and Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins, she was a master manipulator who preyed on their ignorance and prevented them from enjoying the financial spoils of their success. TLC ultimately filed for bankruptcy protection. (T-Boz has said the group only pocketed $15,000 after selling 10 million records.)
As we all know, Chilli and T-Boz are the surviving members of TLC and were executive producers of the film.
Well Pebbles isn’t taking her treatment in the film lying down. Wednesday She released a response statement on her Facebook page. Reid called the film an “unprovoked attack” featuring “many false and defamatory statements and scenes about me.” She said she never cheated or misled anyone. Her attorney is going to demand a ‘retraction” from VH1, whatever that would entail.
Well, at least one of the two original TLC members don’t seem to be intimidated one iota. At the New York premiere of “CrazySexyCool,” T-Boz said, “we can respectfully agree to disagree, but I’m not slandering you,” T-Boz told Necole Bitchie, directing her comments to Pebbles. “You can’t tell me my perception of you and how I felt about what you said or did to me. That’s not slander. That’s called telling the truth, boo.”
Here is Pebbles’ statement in full:
First I want to thank all of you for the well wishes and prayers. I apologize for the delay in responding to the movie, but I wanted to gather my thoughts. I have always been a private person and this unprovoked attack has been extremely upsetting to me and my family. I have needed time to spend with my family and for personal reflection.
The movie contains many false and defamatory statements and scenes about me. Please know that I have never cheated or mislead anyone. I will defend my reputation, accomplishments, and character. My attorney is in the process of demanding a retraction of the false and defamatory statements and scenes about me from VH1.
My silence has empowered individuals looking for a payday at my expense. I have held my peace for 20 years and it’s time the truth comes out. I will be sharing my story in the appropriate venue at the appropriate time. With all my heart I thank you for your faithful support.
I am extremely proud of the success and massive accomplishments of TLC—the group I discovered, managed, and mentored. I helped push open doors for TLC and other women in this male dominated industry. My sacrifices ultimately opened the door for not only a new wave of female performers in this industry but also a new generation of female executives. That backdrop makes the movie extremely personally upsetting to me.