Pebbles, former manager to super group TLC, has finally spoken out about the new biopic that chronicles the rise and fall of award-winning trio. The movie’s depiction of Pebbles as the money-hungry manager who left the members of the group bankrupt has created a firestorm in the world of social media, leaving Pebbles on the receiving end of ridicule, jokes and outright hate.

Although she has yet to take to the airwaves to express her concerns about the film, Pebbles has just released the following statement below:

Statement from Perri Reid pka Pebbles


First I want to thank all of you for the well wishes and prayers. I apologize for the delay in responding to the movie, but I wanted to gather my thoughts. I have always been a private person and this unprovoked attack has been extremely upsetting to me and my family. I have needed time to spend with my family and for personal reflection.

The movie contains many false and defamatory statements and scenes about me. Please know that I have never cheated or mislead anyone. I will defend my reputation, accomplishments, and character. My attorney is in the process of demanding a retraction of the false and defamatory statements and scenes about me from VH1.

My silence has empowered individuals looking for a payday at my expense. I have held my peace for 20 years and it’s time the truth comes out. I will be sharing my story in the appropriate venue at the appropriate time. With all my heart I thank you for your faithful support.

I am extremely proud of the success and massive accomplishments of TLC—the group I discovered, managed, and mentored. I helped push open doors for TLC and other women in this male dominated industry. My sacrifices ultimately opened the door for not only a new wave of female performers in this industry but also a new generation of female executives. That backdrop makes the movie extremely personally upsetting to me.

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25 thoughts on “Pebbles Speaks on TLC Biopic in Newly Released Statement

  1. Sexy Leroy on said:

    broke mufuckas always hate on the rich. perhaps TLC should have handled their own business dealings instead of allowing Pebbles to do so!?

  2. Starr24 on said:

    Pebbles made her money off TLC, was more into making money off the group than being upfront and honest. Pebbles was not going to hold their hands & explain how little money TLC would actually make. Pebbles was concerned about the business from her end.

  3. Pebbles may be defending the fact that they actually got $25 a week (maybe it was more) or that she actually stole from them. Left eye said in Behind the Music, they had a standard contract at the time, Pebbles just had her hand in the pot across the board. Technically, she probably got what she was owed contractually. Was it ethical? It depends on who you ask. They were naive to the business and thought she had their best interest at heart. (i.e.- buying them gifts with their own money). As you see, when they did get a copy of the expense reports in the movie, it was all legit. It looks as if she played on the fact that these girls wanted that more than anything.

    [Side note: From what I heard, now a days, that’s called a 360 deal. I saw on a popular reality show where a artist was trying to get in the music biz was offered that deal, but had his lawyer read the contract and declined. For those of you who know what I am talking about, does the person who offered the deal seem shady or have the person’s best interest at heart. Not when looking at it as someone already in the business helping an acquaintance out. The potential artist could have just signed and been in the same predicament, this day and time]

    She made them pay for their name because she came up with it and helped build the brand. That part is business. She had all the connections and held the cards at the time. I may be wrong, but making them pay for the name was probably a strategic move, but it backfired. I don’t think she thought they would actually follow through and she would continue to get paid as a manager because they had blew up even more.

    The thing that happened to them is that they thought that because they sold so many records, they would have millions. Well after you pay all of your bills (which probably included interest that is accruing) and split what’s left three ways, I can see why they only had $50K/yr from album sales. Destiny Child had the similar issues, with what they were paid. Please don’t mention poor New Edition. I also remember reading about the contract Brandy was given, her mother took it to her manager at H&R Block and he told her that if she (Brandy) signed it she would pretty much be getting ripped off. Now if she got a cut of the money they made touring, that’s probably because she was the manager and booked the tour, so she got her cut. They should have made money from the tour unless she was advancing them money and collecting interest on the repayment or lying about how much they were actually offered.

    I think their issue with her lies with the way she treated them, kicking them out the group. It seems she used her position and held it over their heads. Pitting them against each other and constantly reminding them that they were replaceable. They also probably initially trusted her because she didn’t show the ugly side until she got those contracts signed. You see in the movie, she was like good job, I’ll call you, but as soon as she had them sign on the dotted line, her attitude changed. Since record deals are hard to come by, they stayed (let’s be honest there are talented people out here who can’t get a deal). This type of opportunity does not come everyday.

    I am just glad they learned from the past and are not holding grudges. This is a great way to use their platform to show the hard work, the ugly side of the business and teach others to be more careful. It’s not all glitz and glamour. They definitely paid their dues. They persevered and it paid off. After 20 years in the business they are still here!

  4. on said:

    Pebbles can never convince me that she held her peace. Hell, she had no reason to ever sing again or appear on TV cause she had millions in her bank account! She is only coming forward with her lies because she can’t afford to have a whole new generation of enemies. 20 years is too long to sit in silence and not speak out for yourself if you are not guilty. GUILTY, yes, and shocked that the truth was finally told to the world.

  5. Chrissy on said:

    I remember watching VH1 Behind The Music/TLC a few years ago, Pebbles claimed her innocence then. As far as I’m concerned LA Reid was involved in this too because he and Pebbles were married at the time I’m sure he knew how to write contracts more than she did Pebbles could have added more stuff in the contract. Check out the story on You Tube VH1 Behind The Music/TLC its pretty good.

  6. Phyllis Partlow on said:

    What? She didn’t say anything. What a liar, you find all yesterday’s liars in church today. You took advantage of young black girls and you know it.

  7. Pebbles is wrong, period. Hiring an attorney to defend what? The details of the contract? The contract & lawsuit documents have been online in the past, and they were filled with greed & double-talk. Those ladies had no reason to lie. She took them for a ride and never thought it would come back to bite her in the behind.

    I’m hoping that by TLC sharing their story, they’ll be able to prevent future artists from being taken advantage of. They deserved better than what they got.

    Many people will NEVER look at Pebbles the same.

  8. I guess Rev Pebbles overlooks (ignores) that verse that says FOR THE LOVE OF MONEY IS THE ROOT OF ALL EVIL!! Looks like she LOOOOOVE her some money!!! LOL Its one thing to make money (your job), but its another thing to make it while taking advantage of people.

  9. Pebbles will probably ink a deal with VH1 forming another girl group on her own reality show. I’m sure she is figuring out the best way and the most money she can make off of this. Funny thing is she is still making money off of them.

  10. I don’t think Daniel is one of us…I wish these people stop coming on our site with their ignorance…There are others that I’ve seen here, that clearly does not belong…

  11. Tom Joyner and Black America Web has given us this forum to express ourselves and an unspoken agreement to agree to disagree – let us not take it to the gutter.
    “A man only curses because he doesn’t know the words to express what is on his mind.” Malcom X

  12. The sad part of this whole thing is, TLC isn’t the first group to live this story of being taken by the music industry. There are countless groups and individuals who never got paid properly for their work due to contracts that only profited the record companies. If Peebles got paid based on contracts that were slanted in her favor then she has to own that. Doesn’t matter that it’s 20 years later. I agree with the person who said she wasn’t keeping her silence, she was just hoping the story would never come out.

  13. Pebbles says “she never cheated or misled anyone”. In HER mind that is true because she probably thinks hey, TLC signed a contract so I received what I was supposed to receive contractually, so I didn’t do anything wrong. Just like what happend to New Edition back in the day. They were young, being led by some slick record execs looking to take advantage of them. When Pebbles charged $1 million dollars per letter for the group to own the name, it may not had been against the law, but it was greedy. Peebles has proven that she is a hardcore money hungry person who only cares about herself and driven by money only. AND add to this that she is a preacher, that makes it even worse. Maybe she should be on the “real preachers of L.A.”. LOL She is lawyering up because she stands to lose a lot of future earning potential with this story. MONEY!!! TLC really had little or no reason to lie in the movie when you think about it with common sense. Peebles of course will deny all of this, just as most people do when they are outted to the public and busted. DENY, DENY, DENY!!! God don’t like ugly. She will reap what she has sown…

  14. Smurfy on said:

    I believe the movie had a lot of truths, mainly how you can get screwed over in the music business if you do not know how that business works…

  15. Really?! Do you kiss your mom with that mouth?! Even Pebbles has graciously spoken on the girls turned ldies! Truth is truth. Yes it hurts, we all did some things in the past that were not above board, when we are called to the mat now that we have elevated ourselves, it doesn’t chang the fact that what we did to people is a lie – truth is truth. The ladies told their stories of hurts, abortion and their struggle – even when we watch the old award show tape, we can clearly see and hear their distress over their lack of money situation. I really want to see how this ‘defamation of character’ ends. Pebbles says that she has ‘kept her peace’ for 20 odd years – no, you have been praying that the story would not come out.

  16. Pebbles is not so nice and still very greedy I see! Every other word illuminates $ signs Pebbles. She hasn’t changed, still the same ole greedy pimp. Good they gave her the boot!

  17. Daniel Asamota on said:

    Pebbles is being nice about it but I’m not going to be! Three ungrateful ghetto whores who never would’ve accomplished anything without her guidance and music biz knowledge and connections have the nerve to assassinate the character of one of the finest music biz veterans! These ignorant bitches from da’ hood have taken their clown act way too far and I hope they’ve afforded Pebbles another huge payday and that she takes their sorry asses to the bank in the fattest lawsuit she can muster!

    • I said it. on said:

      Wow, do you kiss your mom with that dirty mouth? You called them ghetto and other demeaning words that weren’t necessary to express your point. You might be the leading authority on clown acts.

      • Daniel Asamota on said:

        I think your mother is the leading clown act and you’re to follow whore! A couple of whores clowning around, that’s you and your mother bitch!hahahahahahahahahahaha

    • Daniel: We can always spot people that are bitter, and unhappy with their own lives. It appears that you fit that shoe. Otherwise why would you spew such UNNECESSARY HATE. It’s one thing to give an opinion, and another to stoop to calling people B’s and H’s.

      • I don’t think Daniel is one of us…I wish these people stop coming on our site with their ignorance…There are others that I’ve seen here, that clearly does not belong…

    • Your comment Daniel more than proves that you are in fact ghetto and ignorant. Pebbles is unhappy because the truth finally came out. Yes she discovered them and helped them get their feet off of the ground, but that does not justify her “mishandling” the groups earnings! And those so called ghetto “whores” helped build her empire sweetie…. and are more successful than you would ever be in your pathetic life.

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