Disturbing accusations have been made against the famous couple TI and Tiny Harris. T.I. is a 40-year-old rapper from Atlanta who has made hits like “Dead and Gone”, “Whatever You Like”, and “Live Your Life”. He has collaborated with artists like Lil Wayne, Justin Timberlake, and Kanye West. T.I. has a show with his wife Tameka “Tiny” Cottle called T.I. and Tiny: The Family Hussle.
A minimum of 10 women and one man have accused the stars of and the family hustle of violent and sexual crimes. These charges were said to have taken place over a decade. Incidents particularly cited ranged from 2005 to 2017. A press conference was held featuring the attorney Tyrone Blackburn. His firm is representing 11 confirmed accusers. He stated that more than 30 different women contacted his firm regarding the couple.
“We fully expect that if these claims are thoroughly and fairly investigated, no charges will be forthcoming,” stated T.I and Tiny’s lawyer, Steve Sadow, in a statement. “These allegations are nothing more than the continuation of a sordid shakedown campaign that began on social media and now attempts to manipulate the press and misuse the justice system.”
According to T.I and Tiny’s accusers, they were assisted by others but participated in drugging, sexual assault, violent threats, and kidnapping. The filming of the show is currently on pause in regards to this situation.
“These criminal allegations span over fifteen years of methodical, sadistic abuse against women in various venues throughout the country,” a release stated. “These individual claims paint eerily consistent allegations of women prior to or upon immediately entering T&T’s home, hotel, or tour bus were coerced by Tiny to ingest drugs or unknowingly administered drugs to impair the victims’ ability to consent to subsequent vile sexual acts.”
Many accusers described having been threatened with physical violence if they were to ever report these assaults or make them public. One of the accusers recalled a 2005 incident in which T.I. and Tiny lured her by inviting her to the VIP table at a club and drugging her drink. She alleged she was raped while under the influence of the couple. In addition, some women were given pills like MDMA and forced to engage in sexual acts with other women without their consent.
The allegations also include the victims stating they were kidnapped and held against their will for multiple days on end. Women may trust the couple considering T.I. is married and was often accompanied by his wife. More updates are expected to come out as this investigation continues.