Perri ‘Pebbles’ Reid Proceeds with $40 Million Viacom Lawsuit for TLC Biopic
Perri "Pebbles" Reid is proceeding with her $40 million lawsuit against Viacom over her depiction in the 2013 biopic, CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story. Reid says that Viacom defamed her in the film.
Viacom filed a motion last year, saying that Reid had no case but a judge ruled against it last Thursday. TLC has claimed that Reid, who found the super successful group, took advantage of them, allegedly paying them only $25 per week. Reid's alleged actions were depicted in the film, though she denies the veracity of the claims.
“We are thrilled with this major win against Viacom and look forward to justice," Reid's lawyer told Page Six. "Ms. Reid worked hard to ensure the success of TLC, and she is ready to present that story to a jury. The negative portrayal of her in the TLC movie is simply not the truth.”
For their part, Viacom stands by the film.
“‘CrazySexyCool’ was a docudrama about the experiences of the members of TLC told from their perspective," the network told Page Six. We are confident that our First Amendment rights to tell this story will ultimately be vindicated, although we are disappointed that the court chose not to dismiss the entire case on summary judgment.”