Former TLC manager sues viacom for defamation

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IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR NFL - Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins, center left, and Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas, center right, of TLC perform on stage during the VH1 Super Bowl Blitz: TLC concert event at the Beacon Theatre, Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014, in New York. (John Minchillo/AP Images for NFL)
IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR NFL - Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins, left, and Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas perform on stage during the VH1 Super Bowl Blitz: TLC concert event at the Beacon Theatre, Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014, in New York. (John Minchillo/AP Images for NFL)
FILE -- The band TLC, from left, Rozanda "Chilli" Thomas, Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins and Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes, poses for photographers at New York's Radio City Music Hall in this September 7, 1995 file photo. TLC's ``Waterfalls,'' a slinky R&B ballad that includes a subtle AIDS message, was nominated for Grammy awards as record of the year and best pop performance by a duo or group with vocals Thursday, Jan. 4, 1996. (AP Photo/File, Adam Nadel) <%% 0 PICTURE_OK HEADER_OK 0 4 %%>
FILE - In this Sept. 7, 1995 file photo, the band TLC, from left, Rozanda "Chilli" Thomas, Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins and Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes, pose for photographers backstage at New York's Radio City Music Hall during the 12th Annual MTV Video Music Awards. TLC won in the Best R&B Video, Viewer's Choice and Best Video of the Year categories for "Waterfalls." For R&B singer Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins, it has been a rocky road since the 2002 death of Lisa "Left Eye" Lopez. Now, she puts her life on display through her new reality show, "Totally T-Boz," an hour-long, four-episode series that airs on cable network TLC on Tuesdays, beginning Jan. 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Paul Hurschmann, File)
Members of the musical group TLC pose backstage after accepting awards at the 1995 Billboard Music Awards in New York, Wednesday, Dec. 6, 1995. With one member of the group represented by a cardboard cutout, center, her colleagues accepted awards for artist of the year, R&B artist and R&B single of the year. (AP Photo/Adam Nadel)
Members of TLC accept the award for Best Video of the Year with the video's director F. Gary Gray, second from left, during the 1995 MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall in New York Thursday, September 7, 1995. (AP Photo/ Bebeto Matthews)
TLC, from left, Tionne Watkins, Lisa Lopes and Rozanda Thomas displays the Grammys they received at the 38th annual Grammy Awards at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, Wednesday, Feb. 28, 1996. TLC won in the Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal and and Best R&B Album categories. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)
Left Eye, second left, T-Boz, center, and Chili, right, of the group TLC accept their award for best group video for their song "No Scrubs," Thursday, Sept. 9, 1999, as Sean "Puffy" Combs looks on from behind, at the 1999 MTV Video Awards in New York. (AP Photo/Ron Frehm)
TLC members Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins, left, and Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes, right, pose for a picture with Sickle Cell patient Brookes Gordon, 16, from Lakeland, Fla., at a press conference in Atlanta Monday, Sept. 27, 1999 where the "Dime a Download" program to benefit the Sickle Cell Disease Association of America was announced. When TLC fans log on MP3.com and download a special unreleased song track a dime is donated to Sickle Cell. (AP Photo/Ric Feld)
TLC, from left, Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins, Rozonda "Chili" Thomas and Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes accept the Grammy for best R&B album for "Fanmail," during the 42nd Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2000. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian)
** FILE ** TLC members Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins, left, and Rozanda "Chilli" Thomas pose in a file photo from Oct. 29, 2002, in Atlanta. Thomas and Watkins are looking to collaborate with a new voice, but the TLC stars insist they're not trying to replace the late Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes. (AP Photo/Erik S. Lesser, File)
In this photo provided by NBA Wives, Jaci Reid presents Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins from the R&B group TLC with the 2006 Women of Influence award during the NBA Wives luncheon hosted by Jaci and Morris L. Reid and Essence magazine at the Houston Club, Saturday, Feb. 18, 2006, in Houston during the NBA All-Star weekend. (AP Photo/NBA Wives, Jack Dempsey)
From right, Chilli and T-Boz of the musical group TLC perform with Lil Mama on stage at the American Music Awards at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, in Los Angeles. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP)
From right, T-Boz and Chilli of the musical group TLC pose with Lil Mama backstage at the American Music Awards at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR NFL - Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins performs during the VH1 Super Bowl Blitz: TLC event at the Beacon Theatre, Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014, in New York. (John Minchillo/AP Images for NFL)
IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR NFL - Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas performs on stage during the VH1 Super Bowl Blitz: TLC concert event at the Beacon Theatre, Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014, in New York. (John Minchillo/AP Images for NFL)
IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR NFL - Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins, left, and Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas perform on stage during the VH1 Super Bowl Blitz: TLC concert event at the Beacon Theatre, Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014, in New York. (John Minchillo/AP Images for NFL)
From right, Chilli and T-Boz of the musical group TLC perform with Lil Mama on stage at the American Music Awards at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, in Los Angeles. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP)
T-Boz, left, and Chilli of the musical group TLC perform on stage at the American Music Awards at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, in Los Angeles. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP)
Chilli, left, and T-Boz of the musical group TLC arrive at the 2013 American Music Awards, on Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)
From right, Chilli and T-Boz of the musical group TLC perform with Lil Mama on stage at the American Music Awards at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, in Los Angeles. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP)
Chilli, left, and T-Boz, of the musical group TLC, arrive at the American Music Awards at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Chilli, right of the musical group TLC poses with Lil Mama backstage at the American Music Awards at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
TLC arrives at the iHeartRadio Music Festival, Friday Sept. 20th, 2013, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. (Photo by Eric Jamison/Invision/AP Images) or SUBJECT 1, left, Subject 2 and subject 3 of Band Name, arrive at the iHeartRadio Music Festival, Friday Sept. 20th, 2013, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. (Photo by Eric Jamison/Invision/AP Images)
Tionne 'T-Boz' Watkins and Rozonda 'Chilli' Thomas, right, of TLC arrive at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013, at the Barclays Center in the Brooklyn borough of New York. (Photo by Scott Gries/Invision/AP)
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ATLANTA (AP) - The former manager of TLC is suing Viacom for defamation, saying the biopic on the Grammy-winning R&B group made her seem like "an unethical and dishonest businesswoman."

Perri "Pebbles" Reid accuses Viacom International Inc. and Viacom Inc. of making multiple false and defamatory statements about her in "Crazysexycool: The TLC Story" The movie premiered in October on VH1, which is owned and controlled by Viacom.

The lawsuit filed Friday in federal court in Atlanta seeks $10 million in compensatory damages and $30 million in punitive damages. It also asks a judge to force Viacom to retract the movie and promotional materials and to block further publication of the movie and promotional materials.

A spokesman for Viacom did not immediately respond to a call seeking comment Monday.

TLC was made up of Rozanda "Chilli" Thomas, Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins and Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes. The two-hour movie chronicles their rise to fame, their drama-filled love lives - including Left Eye burning down the house of lover and former NFL player Andre Rison - group spats and financial struggles, despite two multiplatinum albums.

"The movie told a story of Ms. Reid as a conniving and dishonest businesswoman who hoodwinked three innocent girls and exploited their talent for her own personal gain and in the process negatively influenced their personal lives and deprived them of fair compensation," the lawsuit says.

That is false, the lawsuit says, arguing that Reid never controlled the group's attorneys or accountants, never withheld the terms of a contract from the group and always paid the members of TLC what they were owed.

The film has damaged Reid's reputation as a businesswoman and entertainer, the lawsuit says, adding that "Viacom abandoned journalistic and literary integrity and ignored fundamental canons of journalistic and literary conduct by publishing false and defamatory accusations with actual malice."
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