Rapper TI and his wife Tiny Harris have been charged with drugging and sexually assaulting multiple people, according to a lawyer now calling for criminal investigations into the allegations. The alleged incidents occurred in several states between 2005 and 2018.
Attorney Tyrone A. Blackburn sent letters to attorneys general in California and Georgia urging them to investigate complaints from 10 women and one man who alleged that the rapper, his wife, and their associates participated in acts including “forced drug addiction, kidnapping, rape. and intimidation. ”
“These women do not know each other, and without any guidance from me, eerily relate similar events of sexual abuse, forced ingestion of illegal narcotics, kidnapping, terrorist threats and false imprisonment,” Blackburn said in her letters.
An attorney for the couple said the couple, whose real names are Clifford and Tameka Harris, “deny in the strongest terms these baseless and unwarranted allegations.” Attorney Steve Sadow also called the claims a “crackdown” that began on social media.
“Blackburn repeatedly refused to provide the names of his accusing clients or any evidence to corroborate or support his unsubstantiated claims,” Sadow said in a statement. “The Harrisons repeat that they are confident that if a full and fair investigation is carried out, no charges will be brought.”
The letters describe multiple alleged cases of drug addiction and assault. In 2005, a woman in her twenties met the couple at a club in California, where she had a drink and a sip of a drink Tiny offered her, according to Blackburn’s letter to the California attorney general. She went to the rapper’s hotel room and felt “groggy and dizzy” and eventually threw up, the letter said. She rejected his advances, but said she remembers “waking up naked on the couch with a towel over her with a very sore vagina,” the letter read.
Three women have accused the couple of drugging them in Atlanta, Georgia. One said she was working for the couple in the summer of 2006 when Tiny offered her a drink and pills, which made her sick, Blackburn’s letter read. Eventually, she vomited and woke up naked, believing her virginity had been taken from her, the lawyer wrote.
TI, a renowned rapper from Atlanta, is known for his contributions to hip-hop from the early 2000s. In 2010, the three-time Grammy winner married Tiny, who is known for her songwriting career in the early 2000s. 1990.
The two have their own reality TV show on VH1, where cameras document their extended family and the lives of celebrities. Deadline reported that MTV Entertainment, a division of ViacomCBS, halted filming for the fourth season to “gather more information” after the allegations began to appear earlier this year.
Blackburn recalled the new allegations at a news conference Monday morning and said he heard complaints from more than 30 women. Most, he said, remained anonymous for fear of retaliation.
“One of the reasons I heard from all the women was the fact that they didn’t believe anyone would believe them,” Blackburn told reporters Monday, adding that it is “easier to come out of the closet when there are other women who have similar stories to be with you. “