*After months of complaining that VH1’s TLC biopic “CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story” made her look less than honorable while managing the trio, Perri “Pebbles” Reid has finally taken legal action against the network’s parent company, Viacom, for what she called “many false and defamatory statements” made about her in the film.
The New York Post’s Page Six reports that Reid, who is also a singer and music executive, filed a $40 million lawsuit against Viacom on Friday, claiming the 2013 film portrays her “as a conniving and dishonest business woman who hoodwinked three innocent girls and exploited their talent for her own personal gain,” and alleges that the network “ignored fundamental canons of journalistic and literary conduct by publishing false and defamatory accusations with actual malice.”
Pebbles says the film falsely depicts her as pressuring Chilli to get an abortion, pushing T-Boz to put the group ahead of her health, and giving them each only $25/week in allowance.
The suit also states that Reid never withheld the trio’s contract terms, and never controlled their lawyers or accountants, contrary to what is depicted in the film.
Since the movie’s record-breaking premiere last October — it proved to be VH1’s most-watched original movie of all time — Reid has spoken out against the biopic in numerous interviews. She has also released a statement on her website:
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 misled 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.