Perri “Pebbles” Reid Advances In Her Quest To Sue Viacom Over The TLC Biopic
If you thought Pebbles was going to be the bigger woman and drop the defamation suit against VH1 for their portrayal of her in the TLC biopic, “CrazySexyCool,” you would be mistaken. The lawsuit hasn’t gone anywhere. Actually, it’s progressed. An Atlanta federal judge ruled that Perri “Pebbles” Reid could move forward.
Last year, VH1’s parent company, Viacom, filed a motion stating that Reid had no case. But last week, a judge ruled against it. If Viacom loses the suit, they could ultimately end up paying Pebbles $40 million in damages.
Reid’s lawyer, Stacey Godfrey Evans told Page Six, “We are thrilled with this major win against Viacom and look forward to justice . . . 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.”
A spokesperson from Viacom said, “CrazySexyCool” was a docudrama, told from their perspectives. “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.”
Honestly, when I first learned that she was suing the company, I didn’t think that it would get this far. Do you believe Pebbles has a chance of winning her lawsuit?
Veronica Wells is the culture editor for MadameNoire.com. She is also the author of “Bettah Days.”