Atlanta rapper TI, born Clifford Harris, was sued Tuesday along with his wife, Tameka Harris, known as Tiny, by a woman who accused the couple of drugging and raping her after meeting them in a nightclub in Los Angeles circa 2005.
In the lawsuit, filed in Los Angeles Superior Court under California’s Sexual Abuse and Cover-Up Accountability Act, which extends the statute of limitations for sexual abuse claims, the woman is identified only as Jane Doe, a veteran of the US Air Force, who was then 22 or 23 years old. She previously gave her account of the alleged assault and its aftermath in an interview with The New York Times in 2021, when she spoke on condition of anonymity to protect her family.
In her lawsuit, the woman accuses Mr. Harris, 43, and Ms. Harris, 48, of sexual battery, battery, sexual assault, neglect, false imprisonment and intentional infliction of emotional distress, and seeks damages.
In a statement provided by the couple’s attorney, Andrew B. Brettler, Mr. and Mrs. Harris denied the accusations, calling the civil suit a shakedown. “This plaintiff has been threatening to file this lawsuit for three years,” the statement said. “For three years, we have categorically and categorically denied these allegations. For three years, we have proclaimed our innocence and refused to pay these extortions for things we did not do.”
They added: “We are innocent of these false allegations, we will not be shaken and we look forward to our day in court.” »
Los Angeles prosecutors previously declined to file charges against the Harrises in connection with the incident, citing the statute of limitations. “Without evaluating the strengths and weaknesses of the evidence, the case is dismissed due to expiration,” Los Angeles County authorities wrote in a September 2021 charge evaluation filing.
This investigation came as numerous accusations of sexual abuse and assault surfaced against the couple in the media and on social media, with an attorney speaking to law enforcement authorities in California and in Georgia to request a criminal investigation on behalf of 11 people who said they were victims of the Harrises. or members of their entourage. At least four women have accused the two celebrities of drugging and sexually assaulting them.
The couple denied the accusations at the time and no charges were ever filed.
In her lawsuit, the military veteran claims she and a friend were invited to the VIP section of a Los Angeles club to meet TI and Tiny, a member of the R&B group Xscape, by a member of the couple’s entourage, a well-known man under the name Caviar. . Ms. Harris, who was not yet married to T.I. at the time, offered both women a taste of a drink and both sipped it, according to the suit.
The two women were then invited, along with others, to a hotel room, where they believed the party would continue; the military veteran went there with the celebrity couple and his friend rode with Caviar.
At the hotel, the lawsuit says, other guests were quickly asked to leave, and the veteran was left alone with the couple, who showered with her and began massaging her as she began to feeling “extremely dizzy and dizzy,” according to the complaint. to the costume. “The plaintiff could tell she was experiencing something serious and debilitating that was not a symptom of a typical drink or a few drinks.”
The woman says she remembers being penetrated by Mr. Harris’s toes and telling him no, before she began vomiting and “passed out until the next morning,” according to the suit. The woman woke up in pain, the lawsuit says, and rejoined her friend, who had remained separated from her after they left the club.
In interviews with The Times in 2021, both women said they immediately told each other their memories of the previous night. Another longtime friend of the veteran, who spoke to him days after the events, confirmed in an interview that the veteran described the hotel experience as a non-consensual act in which she had been drugged, and did not deviate from this account when they discussed it later.
“Even after all these years, the embarrassment, the shame, the depression persist,” Rodney S. Diggs, the woman’s attorney, said in a statement Wednesday. “Silencing women silences justice. My client will no longer remain silent; we now demand justice for her and for all those who have been victims of similar violations.