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Ex-TLC Manager proceeds with $40 million biopic lawsuit

TV MOVIE: TLC in their 90s heyday

FORMER TLC manager and founder Perri “Pebbles” Reid has been given the green light to proceed with suing media house Viacom for defamation stemming from the 2013 television movie, CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story.

An Atlanta federal judge ruled in Reid’s favour to follow through with her suit for $40 million in damages after Viacom filed a motion last year saying that she had no case.

The ex-wife of music executive LA Reid slammed the television film chronicling the formation and rise of 90s girl group TLC for its portrayal of her as an exploitative manager alleging that she only paid the group, which she founded in 1991, $25 a week while under her management.

“We are thrilled with this major win against Viacom and look forward to justice," Reid’s' lawyer, Stacey Godfrey Evans told Page Six of the victory.

"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.”

LAWSUIT: Perrie 'Pebbles' Reid

A spokesperson for Viacom also released a statement in response to the ruling. They said: ">CrazySexyCool was a docudrama about the experiences of the members of TLC told from their perspective. 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.”

The 52-year-old took to Twitter to share her thoughts on the judgment.

“The Vindication process begins for me!,” she exclaimed in a tweet.

TLC, comprised of Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins, Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas, and the late Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes, went on to sell over 70 million records worldwide, making them the biggest-selling female act of all time.

Despite their large success, the group filed for bankruptcy in 1995.

Promoting the biopic, founding member Thomas and Watkins slammed their former manager for taking advantage of the girls at a young age insisting that they were cheated out of millions of dollars in revenue and emotionally bullied into being subservient.

When eventually enlightened as to what their entitlements were, the group battled to regain control even going to the extent of having to buy the legal right to the group’s name from Reid at $1 million for each letter.

Both women have maintained that the biopic was an accurate portrayal of Reid.

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