Six More People Accuse T.I. & Tiny Of Sexual Assault, Lawyer Says
By Peyton Blakemore
March 9, 2021
Six more people have come forward with sexual assault claims against Clifford “T.I.” Harris and his wife Tameka “Tiny” Harris, adding to the dozens of abuse allegations against the couple that have surfaced since January.
According to multiple outlets, six more potential victims came forward after New York-based attorney Tyrone A. Blackburn sent a letter to officials in two states that called for a criminal investigation into the numerous allegations of assault, alleged facilitation of sexual abuse, and alleged forced drug use that were first made public by T.I. and Tiny's former friend, Sabrina Peterson, earlier this year.
Late last month, attorney Blackburn asked authorities to launch a criminal investigation against T.I. and Tiny after over 30 "women, survivors, and witnesses" accused the couple of sexual abuse.
As reported by The New York Times, attorney Blackburn sent letters to officials in Georgia and California, seeking to open investigations "under the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA) and Georgia's Rape, Kidnapping, RICO, and Terroristic Threats Statues." Five women told the newspaper they were drugged or sexually assaulted by T.I. and Tiny, or others "in their orbit."
Blackburn additionally noted that more than a dozen women had contacted him with "a myriad of allegations of forced drugging, kidnapping, rape, and intimidation," according to a release from his office that was obtained by People.
“These criminal allegations span over fifteen years of methodical, sadistic abuse against women in various venues throughout the country,” the release states. “These individual claims paint eerily consistent allegations of women prior to or upon immediately entering T&T’s home, hotel, or tour bus were coerced by Tiny to ingest drugs or unknowingly administered drugs to impair the victims’ ability to consent to subsequent vile sexual acts.”
In a statement to The New York Times, a lawyer for T.I. and Tiny said they "deny in the strongest possible terms these baseless and unjustified allegations."
"We fully expect that if these claims are thoroughly and fairly investigated, no charges will be forthcoming," the couple's lawyer continued. "These allegations are nothing more than the continuation of a sordid shakedown campaign that began on social media and now attempts to manipulate the press and misuse the justice system."
As reported by the Daily Beast, Blackburn is "currently representing 11 accusers, including eight women who claim they were sexually assaulted, drugged, or kidnapped by T.I., Tiny, or a member of their inner circle." Blackburn's three other clients, including a male, claim T.I. and Tiny made “terroristic threats” toward them.
If you or someone you know have been affected by sexual abuse, please reach out to The National Sexual Assault Hotline: 800.656.HOPE (4673)
Photo: Getty Images