T.I. took to Instagram on Friday to directly respond to the sexual abuse allegations against him and Tiny.
During his video message, T.I. revealed what he feels are Sabrina Peterson’s motives for going after the rapper and his wife.
“As y’all could probably guess or imagine, it’s been extremely difficult for me to remain quiet in light of all the things that have transpired and all the egregious allegations that’s been tossed around about me and my wife. But it’s a reason for that and I don’t mind sharing it.” T.I. began before expressing his belief that he and his wife are being baited into a defamation case since they cannot be prosecuted in criminal or civil court.
“That’s the motive, that’s the strategy, that’s the intention,” he continued. “Say a whole bunch of false stuff about you that get people to believe and make them come out and say, ‘They’re a liar, they’re a liar, they’re a liar.’ And then say, ‘See, they called me a liar. That’s defamation.’ Then they drag you in court and get you under oath and all that.”
The rapper made it clear that he supports victims of sexual abuse but stated that there are “evil intentions” behind the accusers’ allegations.
“I want to be clear about one thing…women who have been victimized deserve to be heard,” T.I. added. “Women, Black women in particular, should be supported, protected, defended, and uplifted. However, evil has no gender. People with evil intentions have no gender. A threat comes in all shapes and sizes. I would never treat a woman the same way I would treat a threat.”
Before defending Tiny and describing her as “a beautiful person with an amazing spirit and a kind heart” that doesn’t deserve any of this, the rapper drew a line in the sand by refusing to “open up the door to our bedroom.” However, he denied that he and Tiny have ever had an encounter with anyone without their consent.
“Whatever we ever have done has been done with consensual adults who into what we into and like what we like,” he said. “If we want something, we know exactly where to go to get it. We ain’t never forced nobody, we ain’t never drugged nobody against they will, we ain’t never held nobody against they will, we ain’t never made nobody do anything. We ain’t never sexually trafficked anything.”
T.I. also accused blog sites of anonymously sending fake stories Peterson, who he refused to name. He also claimed to have proof that the stories are false and accusers have admitted to doing this all for attention. Tip also confirmed an earlier statement that he and Tiny have a troubled history with Peterson.
Before ending his video, T.I. encouraged victims to come forward without lying. He also said there needs to be some type of punishment for those who make false claims that can cause a negative effect on a person’s livelihood or freedom.
Despite the controversial accusations, T.I. remained positive that he and his wife will overcome the allegations against them by saying, “One thing I know man, I will not be bullied. I am not afraid, I am not ashamed, and the truth will be revealed.”