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Perri ‘Pebbles’ Reid Calls VH1 TLC Movie Defamatory. Releases Official Statement. Takes Legal Action

Perri 'Pebbles' Reid Calls VH1 TLC Movie Defamatory. Releases Official Statement. Takes Legal Action

VH1’s CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story, which premiered 2 Mondays ago, on October 21ranks as the #1 cable original movie of the year among Adults and Women 18-49. The biopic is also VH1’s highest-rated original movie ever, with a total of 4.5 million viewers tuning in to watch during its 9 pm premiere time.

And thanks to the movie’s success, TLC’s new soundtrack for the film, 20 from Epic Records, jumped from #43 to #5 on the iTunes overall chart that week, and jumped to #1 on the iTunes R&B chart.

All wonderful news for those involved in the making of the film – except for Perri ‘Pebbles‘ Reid, who was played by  Rochelle Aytes in the movie.

Reid took to her personal website today to publish the below statement, expressing her disgust with the movie, claiming that it contains “many false and defamatory statements and scenes,” adding that her attorney is in the process of demanding a retraction from VH1.

She apologizes for not speaking out against the film earlier, claiming to be a private person, who needed to spend time with her family, reflect on the film and gather her thoughts before expressing them publicly.

And now she has, further calling the film, “an unprovoked attack!” 

I still haven’t seen CrazySexyCool (although I will eventually), so I can’t comment on what exactly she’s claiming to be defamatory; specifically, in the statement, she emphasizes that she’s never cheated or mislead anyone. I suppose the film must have suggested that she did.

Her full statement is embedded below. I don’t follow her on Twitter, but apparently, she’s been commenting on this unofficially, and this is supposed to be her first official statement.

If you’re like me and you haven’t seen the movie either, you should know that it’ll air again next week TuesdayNovember 5 at 4pm ET/PT.

Here’s the statement from Pebbles:

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At the end of the day, was the portrayal factual? She can be offended, but if they had to pay her $1 million a letter for their name, then that is a fact. How is she going to sue over facts?!

Defamation would be a focus on FALSE information.

The music business is a dirty business. Just because her dealings with TLC may have been legal (she preyed on their lack of knowledge about copyrights, publishing, etc.), it doesn't mean that those dealings were right.


Pebbles needs to take this on the chin and move on. She cheated TLC out of MILLIONS when they were young and didn't know any better. Own up to your shit Pebbles and apologize. The movie didn't add much more to the narrative that was put out there years ago. I'm sure she wants it forgotten so that she can continue to profit off of her new "clean" image. Oh well…

She should be upset and embarrassed. I hope she continues to get dragged through the mud until she makes amends!

Monique a Williams

I don't think she's being unreasonable. The movie didn't show any balance with regards to her. A very exaggerated, cartoonish portrayal. I'm positive Pebbles offered a terribly one-sided contract, but TLC didn't have to sign it or could have amended it. They should have taken responsibility for their actions and offered a lesson to upcoming artists to be more diligent in their business affairs. Still a great, fun movie tho!


Perhaps you should watch the movie FIRST so that your article is from an "informed" standpoint! I loved the movie, and while I don't know if the depiction of Pebbles was true or not — perhaps she should have made amends with TLC 20 years ago — or when she became a pastor. We all know that karma has a way of following us around…


I hope ppl don't prank call her…

I saw the film and I'd be hurt and upset as well if I were her. Of course ppl have different views on what happened, and I'm sure there's some truth on both sides of this story. I still enjoyed the movie, but also felt that it glossed over a few things to make the story "net" and able to unpack in 2 hours. I'm sure there were a number of ppl (not just one person) to blame for TLC's financial issues.

Anywho, I still loved the movie and I'm buying "20."

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