T.I. and His Wife Tiny Deny Multiple Women's Accusations of Sexual Abuse
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After former family friend Sabrina Peterson shared her experience of alleged abuse, more than 30 additional women have come forward to accuse rapper T.I. and his wife Tiny of multiple alleged instances of sexual abuse and assault.
The alleged abuse allegations began when Peterson accused T.I. (Clifford Harris) of holding a gun to her head in a post directed at Atlanta Mayor Keisha Bottoms. T.I. has appeared with Bottoms in the past. Peterson, without directly stating it, implied T.I. was also a sexual predator.
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Following the accusations, Tiny (Tamika Harris) defended her husband and called out Peterson for changing her mind about the alleged abuse after spending years with the Harris family over the years. Tiny further tried to discredit Peterson by calling her “special.”
After Peterson publicly posted her allegations against T.I., other victims came forward to share their stories anonymously with Peterson. Peterson posted screenshots of the conversations to her Instagram stories. The victims alleged T.I. and his wife Tiny gave drugs to them and other women and involved them in sexual encounters, some of which were consensual and others not.
Several women said they had been paid for the sexual activities or blacked out and couldn’t remember what happened when they woke up. Other victims shared their phones had been taken so they couldn’t leave and other alleged examples of abuse of power. Some of the women who came forward were dancers or those who worked in the industry where T.I. has a powerful position.
While the accusations haven’t been verified, Peterson said more than 30 women have shared their stories. Peterson said on Instagram she is interviewing those who have come forward and asked other women to share their experiences. She also said she wants to find therapists for all those who reached out to her.
“You never heal from the things you don’t reveal,” Peterson wrote in an Instagram post. “Speaking to your pain, past experiences & getting them out allow you room to process them & cultivate some level of a healing plan.”
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In response to the allegations, T.I. and Tiny released a statement denying all of the allegations made against them. Through a spokesperson, the Harris couple told Complex in a statement:
Mr. and Mrs. Harris want to be on record and more importantly want the public to know they emphatically deny in the strongest way possible the egregiously appalling allegations being made against them by Sabrina Peterson. The Harrises have had difficulty with this woman for well over a decade. They are taking this matter very seriously, and if these allegations don’t end, they will take appropriate legal action.
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