A criminal investigation may be underway for Clifford “T.I.” Harris and his wife Tameka “Tiny” Harris after a lawyer requested a criminal investigation into sexual abuse and rape claims in Georgia and California.
New York-based lawyer, Tyrone A. Blackburn, is representing 11 of the alleged victims.
Of the 11 women who claim that they were victimized by the couple, four of the victims allege that they were drugged, sexually assaulted, and raped by the “Family Hustle” reality stars.
Blackburn is requesting that a criminal investigation be launched under the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA) and Georgia’s Rape, Kidnapping, RICO, and Terroristic Threats Statues.
During an interview with an Atlanta-based news station, Blackburn admitted to being in contact with T.I. and Tiny’s lawyer Steve Sadow, but he refused to make a deal.
“Steve Sadow reached out to me looking to make a deal on behalf of T.I. and Tiny and I told Steve Sadow my clients want justice,” Blackburn said. “So [if] the deal involves Tiny and T.I. turning themselves in and admitting to the crimes they have committed then fine we got a deal! But if it does not work then I would prefer the investigators do that work and to bring criminal charges against Tiny and T.I. for what they’ve done throughout the years,” Blackburn continued in a press interview.
Sadow responded by calling Blackburn’s claims, “patently false” and firmly denied any wrongdoings by his clients.
“I understand that at a virtual press conference today, attorney Blackburn claimed the Harris’s reached out to him through me to supposedly make a deal. That is patently false. I reached out to see if he would share any information since his name was posted on Instagram as the attorney for Sabrina Peterson. Blackburn repeatedly refused to provide the names of his accuser-clients or any corroborating or supporting evidence of his groundless claims. The Harris’s repeat that they are confident if a thorough and fair investigation is conducted, no charges will be brought.”
After the original allegations, T.I. took to social media to shut the rumor mill down and show his love and support for all black women who have felt voiceless in times of abuse.
“I want to be clear about one thang. Women who have been victimized deserve to be heard. Women, black women in particular should be supported, protected, defended, and uplifted,” T.I. says in the video. “What we are not going to do is open up the door to my bedroom for everybody to come in and chime in about what we do …don’t do… or should or shouldn’t do… but I will say this, whatever we have done has been done with consensual adults,” T.I. continued.
Following his heartfelt plea, another video began to circulate on social media with the same message along with a video reenactment of the women’s accounts of their abuse with the famous couple.
The federal and state prosecutors have not issued a response and it is unknown if an investigation is pending at this time.