TLC's former manager Perri 'Pebbles' Reid has been allowed to proceed with her $40 million (£30.7 million) defamation lawsuit against TV executives over a 2013 band biopic.
The ex-wife of music mogul Antonio 'L.A.' Reid filed suit against VH1 network bosses in 2014, accusing them of attacking her character by portraying her as a "conniving and dishonest business woman" in their TV movie, Crazy, Sexy, Cool: The TLC Story, which documented the R&B trio's rise to fame and its split from Perri.
Lawyers for VH1 fought back against the legal action last year (15), claiming Reid had no case, but an Atlanta, Georgia judge has since rejected the motion for dismissal.
Her legal representative, Stacey Godfrey Evans, applauded Thursday's (15Sep16) ruling, telling the New York Post, "We are thrilled with this major win against Viacom and look forward to justice...
"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."
However, VH1 officials are standing by their biopic and are convinced they will emerge victorious in the case.
A Viacom spokesperson tells the publication, "CrazySexyCool was a docudrama about the experiences of the members of TLC told from their perspective. We are confident that our First Amendment rights to tell this story will ultimately be vindicated, although we are disappointed that the court chose not to dismiss the entire case on summary judgment."
TLC members Tionne 'T-Boz' Watkins, Rozonda 'Chilli' Thomas and the late Lisa 'Left Eye' Lopes parted ways with Reid in the mid-1990s after holding her responsible for their money troubles, which forced them to file for bankruptcy in 1995.