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Pebbles Files Lawsuit Against Viacom Over TLC Biopic

Submitted by on April 27, 2014 – 12:10 pmOne Comment
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Perri “Pebbles” Reid is still steaming mad about how she was portrayed in the TLC biopic, and she’s filed a $40 million lawsuit again Viacom, the parent company of VH1. The 49-year-old singer-songwriter, who’s credited with creating and guiding the groundbreaking hip-hop/R&B trio through the early days of their career, was depicted as money-hungry and greedy in CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story.

In interviews in the months since the movie first aired, Pebbles has denied that there were any improprieties in how she handled TLC-related business. According to Page Six:

“Reid claims in Atlanta federal court that the 2013 VH1 movie portrays her ‘as a conniving and dishonest business woman who hoodwinked three innocent girls and exploited their talent for her own personal gain.’

An R&B singer who has herself sold over 4 million records, Reid says in the suit that Viacom ‘ignored fundamental canons of journalistic and literary conduct by publishing false and defamatory accusations with actual malice.’

The suit filed late Friday states that, contrary to what VH1 viewers saw, Reid never controlled TLC’s lawyers or accountants, never withheld contract terms from TLC and always paid the group what they were owed.”

CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story premiered last October to impressive numbers. The movie, which received a huge promotional push from VH1, became the network’s highest-rated telecast in more than five years when it aired. Hopefully, the network made plenty of money off of it just in case they have to cut Pebbles a check.

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