Court Docs Reveal Chilli, T-Boz Only Received $60K for VH1 Biopic
Back when VH1 aired the TLC biopic “CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story.” Perri Reid (aka Pebbles) – TLC’s former manager – sued Viacom for $40 mill claiming she was defamed by the VH1 biopic.
Pebbles stated in the court docs that the film depicted her as conniving and dishonest, and she denied allegations that she underpaid and controlled the group’s money.
Viacom responded back in court docs in which the company maintained that the portrayal of Pebbles in the pic was accurate and done without malice. They demanded the lawsuit be dismissed.
TLC’s Chilli & T-Boz were eventually dragged into the lawsuit when Pebbles deposed and question them about the film and her portrayal in it. On September 23rd, the depositions of Chili and T-Boz were filed in the case and the two women revealed that they were only paid $60K each by VH1 for the rights to their life story.
thejasminebrand.com obtained the court docs, in which “T-Boz explains under oath that the contract with VH1 paid her $10K for her life rights and then $50K as a consultant fee on the film. The lawyer grilling the singer asked if she believed this was a low amount for the movie, to which she says that it’s what she agreed to with VH1.”
Chili confirmed the $60K payment but she also explained that there were other financial incentives for doing the TV film, including how the group obtained the masters of their earlier recordings, which will allow them to make royalties off future use.
T-Boz also revealed during questioning that she’s adopting a baby. According to TMZ, the 45-year-old singer, who has a 14-year-old daughter with ex-husband, rapper Mack 10, was asked if she had any communication with fellow group member Chilli regarding the lawsuit and she responded that their only contact had been when she told her about the adoption.
Earlier this year, T-Boz and Chilli set up a Kickstarter campaign to raise money to record a new album. On September 24, they updated the site letting fans know they are now in the studio recording the album that’s set for a 2016 release.
“The music is coming out great and it’s only with your support of TLC on Kickstarter that this is possible,” they wrote. “Thanks as always for your love and support and we can’t wait to deliver a new record and tour next year.”
According to the Kickstarter page over 4000 backers pledged $430,255 to make the album happen