If the recent wild headlines about T.I. and Tameka “Tiny” Harris have you shook, you’re not alone. The popular Atlanta rapper and his wife are facing numerous allegations of sexual assault, forcible confinement, kidnapping and abuse – all of which the couple vehemently denies. Although the accusations have been mounting in recent weeks, things took a turn when a lawyer representing multiple “survivors and witnesses” officially began the process of opening a criminal investigation into the reality TV stars.
On Sunday, The New York Times reported that five women told the newspaper that they were drugged or sexually assaulted by T.I., 40, and Tiny, 45, or others “in their orbit.”
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This is what we know so far about the allegations against T.I and Tiny
Considering how quickly the story has exploded on social media in the last 48 hours, we’ve broken down the biggest pieces of information you need regarding the allegations against T.I. and Tiny.
- At the end of January, the couple’s former friend, Sabrina Peterson, posted on her Instagram Stories that the rapper put a gun to her head. She said she did not tell police at the time.
- After sharing her story, Peterson revealed that multiple women contacted her with their own claims of sexual assault and abuse at the hands of the couple.
- According to attorney Tyrone A. Blackburn, more than 30 “women, survivors and witnesses” have come forward with “eerily consistent” claims of sexual abuse.
- Blackburn has since reached out to prosecutors in California and Georgia, requesting that they immediately open investigations “under the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA) and Georgia’s Rape, Kidnapping, RICO, and Terroristic Threats Statues.”
- Attorney Blackburn stated in a press conference: “If anyone is a victim or witness to the alleged sex crimes, contact us and be part of a movement to end this reign of depravity.”
- The accusations include “forced drugging, kidnapping, rape and intimidation in at least two states” over the span of 15 years.
- A lawyer for T.I. and Tiny said they “deny in the strongest possible terms these baseless and unjustified allegations.” The couple are preparing their own legal response.
Production on the fourth season of the couple’s reality show, T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle, was halted in early February when the allegations first started gaining traction on social media. According to The Hollywood Reporter, T.I. will also not return for the third installment in Marvel’s Ant-Man franchise.