Pebbles, Viacom Reach Settlement in ‘CrazySexyCool’ Lawsuit

CrazySexyCool Movie (Credit: VH1)

Four years after Perri “Pebbles” Reid slapped Viacom with a $40 million defamation lawsuit over her portrayal in VH1’s CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story, the case has been settled.

A trial was set to begin in federal court in Georgia on Sept. 24, but the case ended Friday after the two sides reached a settlement, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

CrazySexyCool debuted in October 2013. The premiere averaged 4.5 million viewers, making it VH1’s highest-rated original movie ever.

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The film explored the formation of 1990s R&B trio TLC, and the ups and downs of its members Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins, Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes and Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas.

Pebbles, a singer and business manager married to music producer Antonio “L.A.” Reid at the time, signed TLC to a contract.

After CrazySexyCool aired on VH1, she filed a lawsuit in 2014 saying the movie depicted her as a
“conniving and dishonest business woman who hoodwinked three innocent girls and exploited their talent for her own personal gain.”

Perri “Pebbles” Reid (Credit: The Wendy Williams Show)
Perri “Pebbles” Reid (Credit: The Wendy Williams Show)

U.S. District Judge Mark Cohen disputed some of Pebbles’ claims, but said there were scenes that supported her defamation complaint.

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Among the scenes the judge said could be taken to trial – an instance showing Pebbles’ character pressuring group members to sign contracts without sufficient time to review the documents, and claims that she secretly deducted expenses while only paying TLC $25 a week.

The judge said because the story was told from the group’s point of view, there may have been bias against Pebbles.

Terms of the settlement are confidential.

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