Perri 'Pebbles' Reid Sues Viacom for $40 Million Over TLC Biopic
Pebbles says that the TLC biopic portrayed her as a "conniving and dishonest business woman..."
The TLC biopic, CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story, was one of the highest-rated cable movies of 2013 and got great reviews from fans and critics alike. But not everyone was amused by the tale of the girl group’s rise to fame.
The group’s former manager, Perri “Pebbles” Reid, says she was portrayed “as a conniving and dishonest business woman who hoodwinked three innocent girls and exploited their talent for her own personal gain.” She is suing VH1’a parent company, Viacom, for $40 million, reports Page Six. Her suit, which was filed late Friday, also states that Viacom “ignored fundamental canons of journalistic and literary conduct by publishing false and defamatory accusations with actual malice.”
The former R&B singer says she never controlled TLC’s lawyers or accountants, withheld contract terms, or failed to pay the group as the movie suggested. TLC sued LaFace Records and Pebbitone, Reid’s management company, in 1994, claiming that they were only paid $50,000 each between 1993 and 1994 despite having sold 11 million copies of their album, CrazySexyCool.
A representative for Viacom said, “It’s our policy not to comment on matters in litigation.”