It has been a little over one week since VH1 debuted its much anticipated biopic, CrazyS*xyCool: The TLC Story. Though the excitement surrounding the highly publicized film appears to be dying down, the controversy remains. The group’s former manager Perri “Pebbles” Reid—who has been accused of mismanaging the group’s finances in the past—issued an official statement regarding her portrayal in the film yesterday. And as you may have guessed, she’s not too pleased.
“First I want to thank all of you for the well wishes and prayers. I apologize for the delay in responding to the movie, but I wanted to gather my thoughts. I have always been a private person and this unprovoked attack has been extremely upsetting to me and my family. I have needed time to spend with my family and for personal reflection,” the former music industry executive wrote in the statement posted to her Facebook page.
The ministry worker, who now goes by the titled Prophetess Sister Perri, went on to defend herself against accusations that the ladies of TLC have made against her.
“The movie contains many false and defamatory statements and scenes about me. Please know that I have never cheated or mislead anyone. I will defend my reputation, accomplishments, and character. My attorney is in the process of demanding a retraction of the false and defamatory statements and scenes about me from VH1.”
She adds that she is only being used a scapegoat for folks who are looking for a come-up.
“My silence has empowered individuals looking for a payday at my expense. I have held my peace for 20 years and it’s time the truth comes out. I will be sharing my story in the appropriate venue at the appropriate time. With all my heart I thank you for your faithful support.”
“I am extremely proud of the success and massive accomplishments of TLC—the group I discovered, managed, and mentored. I helped push open doors for TLC and other women in this male dominated industry. My sacrifices ultimately opened the door for not only a new wave of female performers in this industry but also a new generation of female executives. That backdrop makes the movie extremely personally upsetting to me,” she finally concludes.
What do you think of Pebbles’ response?
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