T.I. and Tiny, whose real names are Clifford Joseph Harris Jr. and Tameka Dianne Cottle won’t be facing any charges connected to a Los Angeles lawsuit in which a woman accused the couple of drugging and sexually assaulting her in 2005, but due to the statute of limitations in the case has expired.
According to court documents obtained by People, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office declined to move forward with the case against the pair, following a 10-year limit period. “Without the strength and weaknesses of the evidence being evaluated, the case is declined due to the expiration of the Statute of Limitations,” the document stated.
The pair’s lawyer Shawn Holley told the outlet in a statement on Thursday, Sept. 18, that the two were “pleased, but not surprised, by the district attorney’s decision to dismiss these meritless allegations.”
He added, “We appreciate the DA’s careful review of the case and are grateful to be able to put the matter behind us and move on.”
Earlier in 2021, a woman, whose identity has not been made public, accused the pair of abusing her after she met them at the club. The woman’s lawyer, Tyrone A. Blackburn, alleges his client was given a drinkby the former Xscape member and later in the night she became lightheaded and dizzy while staying in the couple’s hotel room. The woman says she was assaulted shortly after.
T.I. and Tiny have maintained their innocence, denying all claims brought before them.
Blackburn said in a statement that “the decision by the L.A. prosecutor does not vindicate Clifford Harris or Tiny Harris from the acts of raping and drugging Jane Doe.” He added, “It only amplifies the need to do away with the statute of limitations for sex crimes.”
Blackburn is just one of many lawyers representing over a dozen women who accused the Harrises of some form of misconduct, some of which include drugging and exploitation. The allegations started earlier this year after a former associate, Sabrina Peterson, accused the rapper of having held a gun to her head at a children’s party back in 2009. The pair later filed a motion to dismiss the defamation lawsuit filed on behalf of Peterson. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge David Sotelo has denied a Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation motion, claiming Peterson shows a “probability of prevailing” on her allegation that included another party, Shekinah Jo Anderson.
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