by Daphne R
Perri “Pebbles” Reid appeared in an exclusive interview with Wendy Williams yesterday to finally share her side of the TLC story. In sure Wendy Williams Show fashion, Wendy got straight to the point wanting to know whether Pebbles had in fact stolen millions of dollar from the girl group she created and charted a course to stardom for, TLC. Initially, Pebbles danced around a lot of the questioning stating she couldn’t discuss it because of confidentiality agreements. But at Pebbles’ urging, she asked Wendy to rephrase the question so that it would require a simple answer. “Did you steal millions of dollars…?” Pebbles broke in and answered emphatically, “h**l No!”
Although Pebbles created and managed the girl group, TLC, more than 20 years ago, the allegations reignited after the airing of the biopic CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story on VH-1 in October. Pebbles blames VH-1 for creating an all-out hate campaign against her. And when asked if she’ll sue the group or the network stated she has some options on the table.
Wendy asked about the $25 weekly pay as portrayed and why Pebbles gave the girls RAV4 vehicles instead of something more expensive. Pebbles claims the RAV4s were the girl’s idea. “That’s what they asked for,” she says. She went on to explain that they were a new group and although they had gone platinum, they only had two songs and were opening acts on the tours they played which doesn’t equate to a lot of money.
Things got juicy when Wendy turned the questioning toward details of who kicked Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas out of the group. Pebbles responded that she didn’t do it, T-Boz and Left did. She alleges the two came to her saying they didn’t like what Chilli was doing, fooling around with their music producer at the time, Dallas Austin, who fathered a child with Chilli. Pebbles says the girls had established group rules and fraternizing was one of them. When Wendy let Pebbles know that this was her first time hearing this and that she had always heard that Pebbles kicked Chilli out the group for having slept with Pebbles’ then husband, record label executive, L.A. Reid. Pebbles cast a long stare into the audience and later revealed that she never walked in on L.A. and Chilli as some believed to have happened but she states she absolutely believes they were sleeping together because of what it produced. (Hmmm, wonder what that means?) I guess we’ll have to wait for the book that Pebble’s plans to write and says she’ll talk about it there.
There appears to be some truth to what TLC said about having to buy back their name. When asked about the price tag, a reported $1,000,000 per letter of the group’s name or whether money exchanged hands as part of the resolution, Pebbles would only state that a settlement and agreement was worked out.
Wendy closed the interview by asking Pebbles was there anything about the movie that was true amid VH-1 switching their stance to now say CrazySexyCool:The TLC Story was not a true story. Pebbles response, “I wore Chanel bags.” She says she has 9 pages of notes, not clear whether these are things she plans to disclaim or file suit against, but Pebbles completed the interview by stating, “The supposed TLC story is not true. VH-1 will be hearing from me. I’d like to be ok with everyone here, but it’s not ok.”
Daphne R is an experienced marketing and communications professional that provides social commentary, self-help, tips, and reports news of events that matter to African Americans.