Rapper Clifford “T.I.” Harris and his wife, singer Tameka “Tiny” Harris, are being accused of multiple accounts of sexual assault, according to the New York Times, which reports that a lawyer has reached out to law enforcement in two states, urging authorities to pursue criminal charges.
Although rumors about the couple’s alleged abuse have circulated for weeks on social media, criminal charges have yet to be filed.
Tyrone A. Blackburn, a lawyer representing 11 people who claim to have been victimized by the couple or their entourage, sent letters to state and federal prosecutors in California and Georgia on February 19, where the assaults allegedly took place. Four women accuse T.I. and Tiny of drugging and sexually assaulting them.
Blackburn said in a press release there are allegations “of forced drugging, kidnapping, rape, and intimidation in at least two states.” He said the allegations span 15 years and some alleged incidents in the letters allegedly involve the couple; others allegedly involved unnamed members of their inner circle.
Steve Sadow, attorney for the Harrises, provided a statement saying “Clifford (T.I.) and Tameka Harris deny in the strongest possible terms these unsubstantiated and baseless allegations.”
“We are confident that if these claims are thoroughly and fairly investigated, no charges will be forthcoming,” the statement reads. “The Harrises implore everyone not to be taken in by these obvious attempts to manipulate the press and misuse the justice system.”
Allegations against the Harrises first came to light weeks ago on social media after the couple’s former friend, Sabrina Peterson, posted on her Instagram account that the rapper had put a gun to her head, though she said she did not call police about the alleged incident.
Tameka Harris responded on her official Instagram account by reposting a photo which appeared to come from Peterson’s account of T.I. with Peterson’s two sons.
“Hold up… So you want your abuser to train your sons? He was just uncle 2 years ago,” Tiny wrote in the caption.
Peterson, an entrepreneur, said on social media that after she shared her story, multiple women approached her claiming they had been assaulted and abused by the couple.
She shared the allegations on her Instagram stories, which self-delete after 24 hours.