A lawyer seeking criminal charges in a couple of states against rapper T.I. and his wife, Tiny, for alleged sexual abuse and assault against several women, detailed some of the allegations in a media video conference Monday morning.
Attorney Tyrone A. Blackburn told reporters he requested authorities in California and Georgia open investigations on behalf of 11 total alleged victims of the couple (real names Clifford Joseph Harris Jr. and Tameka Dianne Harris). The alleged incidents span 2005 to 2018.
The allegations, as outlined by Blackburn, include sexual abuse, forced ingestion of illegal narcotics, kidnapping, false imprisonment, intimidation, assault and harassment.
Calling the allegations “methodical, sadistic abuse,” Blackburn shared some of the (unnamed) victims’ graphic accusations, most of which revolved around being drugged and then sexually assaulted.
“They all have various reasons why they took so long to come out,” Blackburn said of the timeline. “One of the reasons is that they did not think anyone would believe them.”
In January, Sabrina Peterson alleged T.I. put a gun to her head and she shared accusations from other women against the couple. Peterson’s move “opened the door” for victims and “gave them the courage to come forward,” Blackburn said Monday. The couple denied her accusations.
Blackburn said that his goal was for the allegations to be investigated for possible criminal charges, saying civil action was not his immediate focus. “This is about justice, not about dollars,” Blackburn told reporters.
The celebrity couple vehemently denies all the allegations. In a statement provided to media, their attorney Steve Sadow said, “Clifford (T.I.) and Tameka Harris deny in the strongest possible terms these unsubstantiated and baseless allegations. We are confident that if these claims are thoroughly and fairly investigated, no charges will be forthcoming.”
The statement continued, “These allegations are nothing more than the continuation of a sordid shakedown campaign that began on social media. The Harrises implore everyone not to be taken in by these obvious attempts to manipulate the press and misuse the justice system.”