80s singer and producer Pebbles is making good on her threat to haul the remaining members of the group TLC and television network Viacom to court.
This past Thursday, an Atlanta federal judge ruled that Pebbles could follow through with her suit after Viacom filed a motion last year saying that she had no case.
The “Mercedes Boy” singer maintains a widely viewed, 2013 VH1-produced docudrama depicted her in a negative light, alleging she only paid the group, which she founded in 1991, $25 a week while under her management. The group also said Pebbles offered them cheap compact SUVs while they were booking out shows across the world and selling platinum albums.
Not so, says Pebbles, whose lawyer released a statement following the judge’s ruling:
“We are thrilled with this major win against Viacom and look forward to justice,” Pebbles’s lawyer, Stacey Godfrey Evans told Page Six of the ruling. “Ms. Reid worked hard to ensure the success of TLC, and she is ready to present that story to a jury. The negative portrayal of her in the TLC movie is simply not the truth.”
Viacom is the parent company of VH-1.
Pebbles and her attorneys are seeking a $40 million award.
TLC is one of the best-selling musical groups of all time. But the trio famously filed for bankruptcy in 1995 after selling over 70 million records worldview.