Los Angeles, US, Jan 3 (EFE).- Rapper Clifford Joseph Harris, known as T.I., and his wife Tameka, better known as Tiny, were sued for allegedly drugging and sexually assaulting a woman in 2005, US media reported on Wednesday.
The lawsuit was filed on Tuesday in Los Angeles Superior Court by a woman identified as a US Air Force veteran, according to the New York Times.
The plaintiff claims she met the stars at a nightclub she attended with a friend, where Tiny allegedly gave her a drink containing alcohol that later left her weak and unconscious until the next morning.
The woman describes how, after the club, she and her friend, along with others, were invited to a hotel to continue the party. Shortly after arriving, they asked the rest of the people to leave, leaving her alone with the couple.
According to her testimony, Tiny and T.I. proceed to shower with the young woman as she began to feel “extremely dizzy” and “lightheaded.”
She also recalls being penetrated by the rapper’s toes as she said no before vomiting and passing out.
The plaintiff is accusing Tiny and T.I. of sexual battery, sexual assault, negligence, false imprisonment, and intentional infliction of emotional distress.
In a statement sent to US media by the couple’s lawyer, the defendants called the lawsuit blackmail and maintained their innocence.
“This plaintiff has been threatening to file this lawsuit for three years. For three years, we have emphatically and categorically denied these allegations. For three years we have maintained our innocence and refused to pay these extortionate demands for things we didn’t do,” the statement said.
In 2021, the Los Angeles County District Attorney declined to file charges against the Harrises for the incident, citing the statute of limitations.
Although more than 18 years have passed since the alleged incident, the lawsuit was brought under California’s Sexual Abuse and Cover-Up Accountability Act, which extends the statute of limitations. EFE