Former TLC Manager Pebbles Sues Viacom for $40 Million

By: Jodi Phillips

Perri “Pebbles” Reid is suing media giant Viacom over her depiction in the “Crazy Sexy Cool: The TLC Story” documentary that aired on VH1 in 2013.

According to court documents filed on April 25, 2014, Pebbles believes the documentary portrayed her “as a conniving and dishonest business woman who hoodwinked three innocent girls and exploited their talent for her own personal gain.”  Those claims, she says, are completely false.

During the show, Pebbles was said to have controlled all the financials for the band even having the same accountant manage her personal finances and the band’s finances.  This reportedly caused a rift because the girls never saw any of the money they earned from their 11 million album success of CrazySexyCool.  Instead of a paycheck, Pebbles was said to have given them Rav 4’s as a thank you.

In a lawsuit filed against LaFace Records and Pebbitone, Pebbles’ management company, the trio claim they were only paid $50,000 a year in 1993 and 1994 during the height of their success.

Pebbles claims that Viacom “ignored fundamental canons of journalistic and literary conduct by publishing false and defamatory accusations with actual malice.”  She also states that she never controlled TLC’s lawyers or financials and never withheld contract information like the show claimed.

After the documentary aired, Pebbles took to her Facebook page to air out her thoughts:  “The movie contains many false and defamatory statements and scenes about me. Please know that I have never cheated or mislead anyone. I will defend my reputation, accomplishments, and character. My attorney is in the process of demanding a retraction of the false and defamatory statements and scenes about me from VH1.”

The former manager is seeking $40 million in damages, saying the show defamed her character.

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