T.I.‘s lengthy courtroom battle against his wife’s former friend, Sabrina Peterson — who claimed in a 2021 lawsuit that she was being harassed after she alleged that the rapper held her at gunpoint — appears to be nearing an end, thanks to a California judge.
According to Law360, on Monday (June 5), an appeals court struck down several claims in Sabrina Peterson’s lawsuit against T.I. and his wife, Tiny Harris.
Court documents reveal that California’s Second District Court of Appeal dismissed Peterson’s claims for trade libel, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and intentional and negligent interference with prospective economic advantage.
The Paper Trail rapper and his wife filed a motion to dismiss Peterson’s lawsuit shortly after it was filed. This was based on California’s anti-SLAPP law, which protects free speech.
While the couple’s motion was initially denied, the appeals court ultimately sided with the couple.
Despite this, Peterson’s case has not been completely dismissed. She does, however, owe the couple “fees and costs incurred both in the trial court and on appeal in moving to strike the claims on which they prevailed.”
T.I. and Tiny’s lawyer Andrew B. Brettler told Law360 he was “generally pleased with the decision.” He expressed confidence in clearing his clients of Peterson’s defamation and false light invasion of privacy claims.
The startling accusation dates back to January 2021 when Peterson, a presumed friend of Tiny Harris at the time, first claimed via Instagram post that the Hustle Gang boss once put a gun to her head while her children were in the same room.
She would later explain in the comment section that the incident happened because she was assaulting Tip’s former female assistant, who was allegedly treating Tiny like a “SLAVE.”
“The sad part about being a woman & BEING A BLACK WOMAN IS THIS! The public PRAISES OUR PREDATORS! @troubleman31, you PUT A GUN TO MY HEAD IN FRONT OF CHILDREN & I NEVER CALLED THE POLICE ON YOU! But for years, you have painted me as the VILLAIN!” she wrote in her post.
Additionally, Peterson publicized other women’s allegations of sexual assault against the couple. In response, Tiny and Tip denied the accusations made by their former friend on social media.