In late January, dozens of allegations against Clifford “T.I.” Harris and his wife Tameka “Tiny” Harris surfaced on social media. Multiple women accused the couple of forced drugging, sexual assault, and intimidation. By the end of February, criminal lawyer Tyrone A. Blackburn had sent letters to state and federal prosecutors in California and Georgia, calling for a criminal investigation.
On Thursday, two more victims came forward with stories of drugging, abuse and sex trafficking that allegedly took place in 2010. Per Vulture, one of the victims says she was “drugged, forced to take tons of molly and X, and sex-trafficked in three states.” Two states include Nevada and Florida.
An additional victim alleges she was drugged during a May 2010 incident. She says this incident included being “raped by Clifford Harris and one of his male friends in a hotel in Miami, Florida.” Medical records from this victim who was reportedly 20 when this incident took place have been reviewed by Blackburn. According to the report, a third victim has also come forward.
Back in May, The Daily Beast reported that six victims came forward with harrowing stories. “If I was a prosecutor,” Blackburn said, “I’d have brought charges already.”
In March, Blackburn’s letter called for criminal investigation on behalf of 11 victims. Eight women claimed they were sexually assaulted, forced to take illegal narcotics, or falsely imprisoned by the couple or a member of their inner circle. Three other Blackburn clients, one male, accuse the couple of “terroristic threats.” The allegations began when Sabrina Peterson, a former friend of the Harrises, accused T.I. of pointing a gun at her head at a birthday party in 2009. Dozens of women came forward, sharing similar stories.
On March 5, Blackburn said the couple tried to make a deal. According to CBS46, Blackburn says the family lawyer Steve Sadow reached out to him in an attempt to make a deal.
Blackburn released the following statement:
“Steve Sadow reached out to me looking to make a deal on behalf of T.I. and Tiny and I told Steve Sadow my clients want justice. So [if] the deal involves Tiny and T.I. turning themselves in and admitting to the crimes they have committed then fine we got a deal! But if it does not work then I would prefer the investigators do that work and to bring criminal charges against Tiny and T.I. for what they’ve done throughout the years.”
We previously reported that Blackburn wrote a letter stating T.I. denied all allegations.
In response to the first round of allegations, Sadow stated that if “fairly investigated,” no charges would be found. He also added, “These allegations are nothing more than the continuation of a sordid shakedown campaign that began on social media and now attempts to manipulate the press and misuse the justice system.”
As for Blackburn claiming Sadow reached out to him claiming the Harrises were seeking a deal, the attorney shared the following:
“That is patently false. I reached out to see if he would share any information since his name was posted on Instagram as the attorney for Sabrina Peterson. Blackburn repeatedly refused to provide the names of his accuser-clients or any corroborating or supporting evidence of his groundless claims. The Harrises repeat that they are confident if a thorough and fair investigation is conducted, no charges will be brought.”
On February 19th, Blackburn sent letters with detailed accounts of the accusations on behalf of 11 different people who spoke about “eerily similar” experiences over the span of over 10 years. In the letter, he wrote that his clients “and their witnesses are prepared to speak with investigators and prosecutors.” Currently, attorneys general from both states have not commented.
The New York Times has spoken with five of the accusers–as well as friends and family, reviewing messages and photos that supported the timeline of events. None of the women involved know each other personally, but all described detailed accounts that included stories of abuse, sexual assault, kidnapping, drugging, and more at the hands of T.I., Tiny, and their associates and employees.
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