- 01 Mar 21
Nearly a dozen people accused the pair of “sexual abuse, forced ingestion of illegal narcotics, kidnapping, terroristic threats and false imprisonment”.
Just weeks after accusations of sexual abuse and assault against the rapper T.I. and his wife, Tameka "Tiny" Harris, began circulating on social media; a lawyer has approached law enforcement authorities in two states seeking criminal inquiries.
The lawyer represents 11 people who said they were victimised by the couple or members of their entourage.
In a letter sent to state and federal authorities in Georgia and California, lawyer Tyrone A. Blackburn alleged “sexual abuse, forced ingestion of illegal narcotics, kidnapping, terroristic threats and false imprisonment” against the rapper (real name Clifford Harris) and his wife from 2005 to 2018.
Five of the victims cited in the letters claimed they were raped or sexually assaulted by the couple.
One of the women, a military veteran, says she was drugged by the couple after meeting them at a club; she was later taken to their hotel room — experiencing the effects of the alleged drugging — where she claimed Tiny bathed her and T.I., and the three then engaged in non-consensual sex, during which the woman vomited.
Once she became incapacitated, she said T.I. and Tameka Harris then raped her in a hotel room. The veteran’s friend said in a separate New York Times interview that she had observed the woman leave the club with T.I. and Tameka Harris, and recalled hearing details of the encounter the next morning as they drove home, in shock. For the 23-year-old Air Force veteran, it was a life-altering trauma, she said.
A former friend-turned-assistant, an exotic dancer and a teenage intern at T.I.’s studio and record label, Grand Hustle, were among the accusers, the lawyer’s letters said.
After multiple women shared their accusations of sexual abuse against T.I. and Tameka Harris on social media — including Sabrina Peterson, who accused T.I. of putting a gun to her head in an Instagram post.
She then used her account to share statements from over 30 women who claimed they had been drugged, coerced or forced into sex, and trafficked by the Harrises — production was halted on the fourth season of the couple’s VH1 reality show T.I. and Tiny: Friends and Family Hustle.
Blackburn told the New York Times that none of his clients were among the 30 women who alleged sexual abuse on Instagram.
A spokesperson for MTV Entertainment said, “We are aware of the allegations, and while they are not connected to our show, we have reached out to T.I. and Tameka Harris, as well as local and state officials. Given the serious nature of the allegations, we have decided to suspend production in order to gather more information.”
T.I.’s spokesperson said in a statement, “Mr. and Mrs. Harris want to be on record and more importantly want the public to know they emphatically deny in the strongest way possible the egregiously appalling allegations being made against them by Sabrina Peterson. The Harrises have had difficulty with this woman for well over a decade. They are taking this matter very seriously, and if these allegations don’t end, they will take appropriate legal action.”
T.I. has previously addressed the allegations on Instagram in post on January 29th:
“We vehemently deny ALL of these disgusting, anonymous allegations,” the rapper wrote, remarking that while “women who have been victimised deserve to be heard...however, evil has no gender. People with evil intentions have no gender. A threat comes in all shapes and sizes. I would never treat a woman the same way I would treat a threat.”
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