Perri “Pebbles” Reid became the most hated woman in America after VH1’s CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story dropped recently. The biopic depicted Pebbles as an unscrupulous, manipulative, money grabbing manager who exploited the young, naïve girl group, leaving them broke even after selling millions of albums worldwide. T-Boz claimed she only received $15,000 after the group moved a whopping 15million records.
Pebbles did show early signs of some form of retaliation before the biopic was aired, as she took to her Twitter and indicated that legal action would be taken.
Pebbles released this statement via her Facebook page this past Wednesday:
“First I want to thank all of you for the well wishes and prayers. I apologize for the delay in responding to the movie, but I wanted to gather my thoughts. I have always been a private person and this unprovoked attack has been extremely upsetting to me and my family. I have needed time to spend with my family and for personal reflection.
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.
My silence has empowered individuals looking for a payday at my expense. I have held my peace for 20 years and it’s time the truth comes out. I will be sharing my story in the appropriate venue at the appropriate time. With all my heart I thank you for your faithful support.
I am extremely proud of the success and massive accomplishments of TLC—the group I discovered, managed, and mentored. I helped push open doors for TLC and other women in this male dominated industry. My sacrifices ultimately opened the door for not only a new wave of female performers in this industry but also a new generation of female executives. That backdrop makes the movie extremely personally upsetting to me.”
We’ll just hold and see whether or not VH1 is forthcoming with that retraction Pebbles is waiting on. Something tells me that she shouldn’t hold her breath…
By Ayara Pommells