Well ladies, it looks like the gloves are off. Earlier this week, we told you that the original C from TLC, Crystal Jones, was not too pleased with the way that she was portrayed in the group’s biopic, which debuted on VH1 on Monday. According to Crystal, she wasn’t kicked out of the group because she couldn’t sing, but because she refused to sign the contract without allowing her mother to take a look at it.
“As far as what happened, and I’m sure what everybody wants to know is that, it was based on the contract…We’re going through the paperwork, and it’s lengthy. So I turned to Pebbles and I said, ‘Can I take it home and let my mom take a look at it? Because I really don’t understand what I’m reading.’ And she said, ‘No absolutely not, so I didn’t sign it,” Crystal said during a radio interview.
In a follow-up interview with Big Tigger of V-103, T-Boz and Chilli responded to Crystal’s statement.
“Did everything happen correctly all of the time? No. The way we kicked Crystal out of the group, no it wasn’t right. We’re telling the story of the truth and what really happened. I always tell the truth. I’ve never been a liar. So Crystal, I would be mad if I got kicked out of my own group too and TLC blew up. I would have some harbored feelings so I understand her, so sorry.”
She also accused Crystal of sabotaging the movie.
“She put out our movie, trying to sabotage it with a code and put it on the internet. It’s no need for all that. I’ve apologized for the way things went down. I did bring Pebbles to the table. The way me and Lisa handled it may have not been the best, but I’m not at 43, after saying sorry gonna talk about some mess. All these scorned heffas need to get over it. Pray about it and grow, like get over it!” T-Boz said.
T-Boz went on to comment on Pebbles Reid’s reaction to the movie.
“The one thing you can’t take from her, we’ve always said, she helped us out so much. She did a lot for our career and that you can’t take, but if you’re telling a story and it’s even 20 years ago. You can’t tell someone how they’re perceived situations from their end, how they felt. That doesn’t take away the good that you did…We’re telling a story of what happened…now we’re 19, 20 and that’s exactly what happened. No I didn’t appreciate paying a million dollars per name. There are certain things we don’t have to like. You move on from certain people. I’m not a bitter person. I let things go and I move on,” she continued.
And if you were wondering why Jermaine Dupri wasn’t featured in the movie, they say it wasn’t personal.
“It was just hard to get everybody. We talked about everybody,” Chilli said.
“There’s only so much we can do…we tried our best. And JD, I’ve always said, he’s the one that told me, ‘You should keep that, I’m gonna call you Scruffy.’ We wanted a whole week and 2 hours a night,” T-Boz added.
Watch part of their interview on the next page.