Vulture reports that lawyer Tyrone A. Blackburn, who previously sent a letter to federal prosecutors claiming the couple has committed a litany of abusive crimes, was retained by two anonymous survivors this week in addition the several other victims he’s already representing. One of the victims claims she was “drugged, forced to take tons of molly and X, and sex-trafficked in three states,” including Nevada and Florida in 2010.
The second victim has claimed she was drugged during a May, 2010 incident and then “raped by Clifford Harris and one of his male friends in a hotel in Miami, Florida.” Medical records relating to the second victim, who was 20 when the alleged assault took place, have been reviewed by the attorney. Blackburn is also reportedly talking to a third victim who has come forward, although they are not currently represented by him.
Accusations of sexual abuse, drugging, and sex trafficking were first leveled against the married couple in January, with the number of alleged victims increasing since then. Lawyer Tyrone A. Blackburn confirmed by March that he was representing at least 11 victims, a further six people came forward later that same month. The couple has denied the allegations, which they have called “unsubstantiated and baseless.”
The majority of the allegations are similar in nature, specifically in regards to alleged accounts of drugging and sex trafficking. In a statement he released in January, T.I. said, “We never forced nobody, we never drugged nobody against their will, we ain’t never held nobody against their will, we never made nobody do anything … Never raped nobody.”