Perri “Pebbles” Reid has long denied claims that she swindled millions of dollars from top-selling girl group TLC. But Reid’s attempt to state her case on "The Wendy Williams Show" Wednesday led to an even more dramatic claim from the group’s former manager.
Since the Oct. 21 premiere of the successful VH1 biopic “CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story,” Reid has been on a damage control blitz following her less than likable portrayal in the film. For several years, Rozanda “Chilli” Thomas, Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins and the late Lisa “Left Eye” Lopez claimed that Pebbles cheated them out of millions of dollars of revenue during her time managing the group. They also accused Pebbles of keeping them from viewing their original contracts and other corrupt business practices. But Pebbles denies the allegations and used her visit to "The Wendy Williams Show" to tell her side as well as make a sensational allegations of her own about Chilli -- just the perfect move to boost her already waning public appeal.
Williams questioned Pebbles about the film and her portrayal as a money-hungry, manipulative manager. Calling the film “a complete lie,” the former wife of L.A. Reid said she hadn’t previously defended herself due to confidentiality agreements. She also knocked the girls' story that she was responsible for kicking Chilli out of the group, claiming it was T-Boz and Left Eye who wanted her gone since her relationship with their producer Dallas Austin went against the group’s established “rules.”
Pebbles also accused Chilli of having an affair with her then-husband L.A. Reid. She admitted that she never caught the two together but said she “saw a couple of things” that led her to believe they were involved. She added that she thinks Left Eye and T-Boz knew of the affair as well. But for all her claims, she remained tight lipped and foggy on the details of certain questions – most glaringly when asked if she charged Chilli, Left Eye and T-Boz $1 million a letter to buy the name “TLC.”
Pebbles added that she is keeping her options open for a possible lawsuit over the film. But she sees VH1 as the villain rather than Chilli and T-Boz. “It’s not really about the girls, other than they are the messengers. You keep saying something that’s not true. That’s not okay, but VH1, you are helping to promote the untruth,” she said.
During a visit to New York City’s Power 105. 1 radio station ahead of the film’s release, Chilli and T-Boz opened up about their experience with Pebbles, saying her portrayal was “not exaggerated” and her character was actually “calmed down” for the movie. They added that she had emotionally manipulated them as well and that many of the scenes from the film were based on real conversations. This includes a scene where Pebbles asked if the girls truly trusted her after they requested to see their contracts.
“She cried and she did the whole ‘you don’t trust me,” T-Boz said. “That was true. She even had a tear. You remember the tear?” T-Boz added, looking at Chilli. “We call it the ‘Demi Moore tear.’”
Chilli and T-Boz have credited Pebbles in several interviews for doing some good for them. But they stress that it was the business practices that drove a wedge between her and the trio and they don’t feel she ever acknowledged those issues. “She put us together, she taught us some things," T-Boz told Power 105.1. “However, there are times when you are working with people that there are things that you are not going to agree with, and you don’t like their ways, and you part. And I don’t think she ever got over that.”
Treye Green is a reporter for The International Business Times and a recent graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Green has shot, edited and...