The multiplatinum rapper T.I., born Clifford Harris, and his spouse, Tameka Harris, an R&B singer referred to as Tiny, are the topics of an energetic felony investigation in Los Angeles following claims that they drugged and sexually assaulted women there, authorities stated on Tuesday.
Tyrone A. Blackburn, a lawyer representing a number of ladies who’ve made accusations in opposition to the Harrises in a number of states, stated that one in all his purchasers had met just about final month with detectives for the Los Angeles Police Department relating to an incident that occurred in 2005. A police spokesman, Officer Jader Chaves, confirmed that the investigation into T.I. and Ms. Harris was energetic.
The girl, a army veteran who requested anonymity to guard her household, stated in an earlier interview with The New York Times that she met the well-known couple within the V.I.P. part of a Los Angeles membership. Ms. Harris supplied her a sip of a drink that the veteran later got here to consider was spiked with a drug that left her incapacitated. T.I. and Ms. Harris then raped her in a resort room, the girl stated, calling the incident a life-altering trauma. The couple has denied any situations of non-consensual intercourse.
The statute of limitations for many rape instances in Los Angeles before 2017 is often 10 years. But Mr. Blackburn famous that there are exceptions permitting the authorities to pursue older instances, as they did not too long ago after they introduced charges against Harvey Weinstein associated to an incident that passed off greater than a decade in the past.
The Los Angeles police declined to debate the investigation besides to substantiate that it was energetic. News of the investigation was first revealed by The Daily Beast.
Steve Sadow, a lawyer for T.I. and Ms. Harris, stated that they’d not been contacted by the Los Angeles police or “any member of law enforcement from any other jurisdiction in the country.” Mr. Sadow added that the girl’s anonymity was “preventing us from being in a position to disprove or refute her allegations — or even examine them.”
In February, Mr. Blackburn despatched letters to legislation enforcement authorities in Georgia and California calling for felony inquiries on behalf of 11 individuals who stated they’d been victimized by the Atlanta-based couple or members of their entourage. The letters described “eerily similar” experiences of “sexual abuse, forced ingestion of illegal narcotics, kidnapping, terroristic threats and false imprisonment” by the hands of T.I., Ms. Harris and their associates.
At the time, representatives for the couple referred to as the claims “a sordid shakedown campaign.”
In a press release on Tuesday, Mr. Blackburn stated he was happy by the progress of the investigation in Los Angeles. The identities of the ladies “are known to law enforcement, and that’s what matters,” he stated. “We await further updates from the L.A.P.D.”
In addition to the army veteran who spoke with investigators, Mr. Blackburn stated in an interview that he represented not less than two extra purchasers who wished to talk with the Los Angeles police.
One girl, Rachelle Jenks, initially met T.I. and Ms. Harris in Las Vegas in 2010, when she stated she was drugged and sexually assaulted, in accordance with a police report filed there this month. Ms. Jenks stated she was then transported to Los Angeles by the couple and once more compelled to have interaction in intercourse acts. Mr. Blackburn stated that he anticipated her case to be referred to the Los Angeles police.
The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department confirmed in a press release that it had obtained a declare of sexual assault involving the couple, however stated that the incident fell outdoors of the statute of limitations for the crime. “Based on this, the case was closed, which is standard procedure for crimes reported outside of the statute,” the Las Vegas police stated.
A 3rd girl, referred to anonymously in Mr. Blackburn’s letters to legislation enforcement, was an outdated good friend of Ms. Harris who began working for the movie star couple in 2005, touring with them from Atlanta to Los Angeles as a part of their entourage. Mr. Blackburn wrote within the letters that the couple had “forced her to engage in sexual acts with different women against her will,” and the girl confirmed that account in interviews with The Times.
In addition to his success in music, T.I., 40, has reinvented himself as a businessman and group chief in Atlanta, and he has starred in actuality reveals that target his parenting of a blended household with Ms. Harris, 45. Production of the present “T.I. & Tiny: Friends & Family Hustle” was postponed by VH1 and MTV Entertainment following the sexual assault allegations earlier this 12 months.