Last week, the TLC biopic "CrazySexyCool" premiered on VH1, and it had the group's first manager Pebbles looking all types of crazy, which has caused her and her family emotional stress since it aired. In case you missed it, according to the biopic, the girls were only paid $25 a week when they were first signed to Laface, and even after they sold $10 million, they were still broke. They also had to buy the name TLC from Pebbles for $1 million a letter when they decided they wanted to part ways.
Today, Pebbles released this statement, calling the movie's depiction of her defamatory and false:
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 for not only 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.
What's interesting is that Pebbles says a lot of things were false, BUT back in the day, Toni Braxton was signed to her and L.A. Reid's label, and she too had to file for bankruptcy at the height of her career. The night the biopic aired, Toni's sister Towanda Braxton tweeted the ultimate shade:
Click here to see Pebbles' statement!