According to New York Times, a lawyer named Tyrone A. Blackburn has asked authorities in California and Georgia to investigate a number of allegations of sexual assault and violence against rapper TI and his wife, Tameka “Tiny” Harris. Some of the accusations appeared on social networks in January (through Complex), including claims that they threatened at least one man with a weapon, and TI and Harris eventually responded with a statement in which they “categorically” denied the “extremely horrific allegations.”
Blackburn collected charges from several unidentified women, including what Times report is described as “Two cases of rape,” with the lawyer saying the lawsuits span more than a decade and are “ominously similar.” He says none of the women know each other, but New York Times says it includes “a military veteran, ex-boyfriend, exotic dancer and teenage intern in the studio and TI’s record company, Grand Hustle.” The times spoke to five women involved who said they had been “drugged, raped or sexually assaulted” by TI and Harris, or by those in their orbit, and the newspaper also spoke to “many people” who claimed the prosecutors were told them about these events “Soon after” they allegedly happened, and also “reviewed messages or photos that supported their schedule of events.” The New York Times The story contains details of all these statements, which really follow a similar pattern.
Meanwhile, a lawyer for TI and Harris reiterated that they denied the allegations, adding that they fully expected “no charges to be filed” if police in California or Georgia decided to launch an investigation. The lawyer also said the allegations were “a continuation of a grim shake-up campaign” that began on social media and “is now trying to manipulate the press and abuse the judiciary”.