Last week VH1 aired the much-anticipated biopic film CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story which tells the tale of the rise to fame of R&B pop group TLC from the perspective of the surviving members of the group Tionne T-Boz Watkins and Rozonda Chilli Thomas. In the biopic film, TLC’s former manager Perri Pebbles Reid got DRAGGGGGGED like a mofo as she was portrayed as a greedy, unkind mentor. It’s taken some time but Pebbles has finally issued a statement regarding CrazySexyCool and, unsurprisingly, she is not pleased with the way she is portrayed in the film. Click below to read the full text of Pebbles’s official statement and find out what she has to say about her portrayal in the biopic film.
Statement from Perri Reid aka Pebbles
Regarding CRAZYSEXYCOOL: THE TLC STORY
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 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.
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 not only for 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.
Imaging Success Group INC
Daniella R. Jones
I love how Pebbles had to toss in her media contact information at the end so that she can be reached by any outlets wanting to put her on the air or in print. I do not love that the official email address for Pebbitone Inc is an AOL addy. LOL! To be honest, you have to agree with Pebbles on the fact that she did discover TLC, she did fund their first album and she did open doors for female acts in a very male-dominated industry. As portrayed in CrazySexyCool, it appeared that Pebbles took unfair advantage of TLC when they started making loads of money but, then again, there are always two sides to every story. I’m curious to hear what Pebbles has to say when she is finally ready to “[share her] story in the appropriate venue at the appropriate time” but, for now, I guess her official statement will have to do. What do YOU think of Pebbles’s portrayal in the film? Does her response statement hold water with you? Are you willing to Give Her The Benefit (of the doubt)?