Two more women have reportedly stepped forward with serious sexual assault allegations against T.I. and his wife.
According to an article published in The Daily Beast, the two women filed respective police reports in California and Nevada claiming they were drugged and raped by the hip-hop star (real name Clifford Joseph Harris Jr.) and his partner Tiny (Tameka Dianne Harris).
A spokesperson from the Los Angeles Police Department told the publication that its investigation is active, and relates to an incident that allegedly occurred back in 2005. The accuser claims she was offered a drink that was spiked, and was later assaulted by the pair. Her identity is being kept anonymous.
THR has confirmed the LAPD’s ongoing investigation.
A second woman, identified as Rachelle Jenks, stepped forward earlier this month to file a police report alleging similar incidents took place in Las Vegas in 2010, and waived the right to anonymity, the report continues.
The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department would not confirm or deny if the investigation was active, according to the Daily Beast, whose journalists claim to have observed a copy of the report.
Legal reps for T.I. say the rapper and his wife Tiny haven’t been contacted by police and they’re being kept in the dark on specifics.
“The Harrises have not spoken to or been contacted by the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD), the Las Vegas Police Department (LVPD) or, indeed, any member of law enforcement from any other jurisdiction in the country,” comments attorney Steve Sadow in a statement on behalf of Clifford and Harris, seen by Billboard.
“Even assuming the story in The Daily Beast is close to accurate, it appears the LAPD ‘accuser’ has chosen once again to remain anonymous, thereby preventing us from being in a position to disprove or refute her allegations — or even examine them. Meanwhile, although we now appear for the first time to have the name of an ‘accuser’ who supposedly filed a police report with LVPD, we have absolutely zero details about her or her claim.”
Both women are represented by attorney Tyrone A. Blackburn, who is also handling the claims of several other women who’ve made similar allegations against the couple.
In a statement shared with Billboard, Blackburn said he was happy with the latest developments from the LAPD. “They showed great concern and are moving forward with an investigation into the allegations,” he said. “In response to [the Harrises’] counsel’s request that these women come out publicly, the protection and safety of these women are my biggest priority. … Their identities are known to law enforcement, and that’s what matters.”
In February, The New York Times reported that Blackburn was seeking a criminal investigation and approached law enforcement authorities in Georgia and California on behalf of 11 people claiming they were victimized by the couple or their entourage. The alleged incidents occurred between 2005 to 2018 and were described as instances of “sexual abuse, forced ingestion of illegal narcotics, kidnapping, terroristic threats and false imprisonment,” as well as nonsexual intimidation, assault and harassment, said Blackburn.
Further sexual assault allegations and victim statements have since come to light.
Stories about sexual assault allegations can be traumatizing for survivors of sexual assault. If you or anyone you know needs support, you can reach out to the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN). The organization provides free, confidential support to sexual assault victims. Call RAINN’s National Sexual Assault Hotline (800.656.HOPE) or visit the anti-sexual violence organization’s website for more information.