T.I. and Tameka “Tiny” Harris are still making headlines, months after the initial accusations of sexual assault against the couple. Earlier in May, Harris’ ex-bestie, hairstylist Shekinah Jo Anderson, accused the couple of coaching her into publicly defending them. Now, a couple weeks later, it’s been revealed that the LAPD are investigating more allegations that the couple drugged and sexually assaulted a woman. Although Jane Doe’s accusations were made public back in March along with a group of other women, new details have since emerged.
Jane Doe claims she was drugged by a tequila drink Harris offered her in a hotel room, before being forced to engage in unwanted sexual acts with the couple. The accuser says she repeatedly said “no” to the couple before getting sick in the bathroom.
In March, it was first revealed that popular Atlanta rapper T.I. and his wife, Harris, were facing numerous allegations of sexual assault, forcible confinement, kidnapping and abuse – all of which the couple continues to vehemently deny. Things eventually 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 that month.
At that time, 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 about the allegations against T.I and Harris
Considering how quickly the story exploded on social media in March, we’ve broken down the biggest pieces of information you need regarding the allegations against the couple.
- 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.
- In May, Harris’ ex-BFF Shekinah Jo Anderson announced she severed ties with the couple. The reason? Anderson alleges Harris failed to recognize her attempts to defend the couple. She also implied she was coached by Harris and T.I. into speaking in their defense. Harris caught wind of the revelation and responded online: “Y’all can believe this dizzy b*tch if u like! Why in tf would I ask her to say what she said?! True enough she wanted to speak up for me as friend & I appreciate that but I NEVER EVER told her to say ANY of the sh*t she said.”
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.