Judge Allows Pebbles Case Against Viacom To Move Forward
Last Thursday an Atlanta federal judge ruled against Viacom’s motion to dismiss Pebbles’ suit, allowing Reid to proceed with her $40 million defamation lawsuit, despite Viacom’s claims that she has no case.
After TLC signed with Reid in 1991 the group reached tremendous success thanks to chart-topping hits like “Waterfalls,” but the trio struggled financially, eventually filing for bankruptcy. In the movie, Pebbles is portrayed at having only paid the group $25 a week!!!
Her lawyer Stacey Godfrey Evans told Page Six:
“We are thrilled with this major win against Viacom and look forward to justice . . . 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.”
Meanwhile a spokesperson for Viacom also spoke to Page Six, stating:
“ ‘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.”
It’s pretty difficult to prove defamation, especially of a public figure, but it is surprising that the producers would only look at one side of the story and that nobody spoke with Reid about her side before jumping out there with any actual numbers. This case is gonna be real interesting to watch. Wonder if Nick Cannon will help Chilli pay up if need be.
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