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The Los Angeles District Attorney’s office has decided to drop sexual assault charges against rapper T.I. and his wife Tiny Harris, citing the statute of limitations.
Their accuser, who has not been publicly identified, told the Los Angeles Police Department in April that the pair assaulted her in 2005. The LAPD confirmed to Oxygen.com in May that investigators received a report that month about an alleged sexual assault that occurred in 2005. Court paperwork, obtained by Oxygen.com, indicated the 10-year statute of limitation had expired.
"Mr. and Mrs. Harris are pleased, but not surprised, by the district attorney’s decision to dismiss these meritless allegations," the couple's attorney, Shawn Holley, said in a statement on Thursday, obtained by NBC News. "We appreciate the DA’s careful review of the case and are grateful to be able to put the matter behind us and move on."
The woman said she met T.I. and Harris, whose legal names are Clifford and Tameka Harris, through a man handing out flyers in a mall; he invited her to go to a club where the famous couple would be hanging out, according to the Daily Beast, which first reported the allegations in May.
There, at the club, she said she was offered a sip of Tiny’s Patron drink, which she alleges could have been spiked. She was invited back to the couple’s hotel room where she says she was sexually assaulted.
The woman is one of a dozen who have accused T.I. and Tiny of sexual assault or misconduct. Several of the allegations involve drugging.
Rachelle Jenks filed a police report with the Las Vegas Police Department in May with a similar allegation, according to the Daily Beast. She alleged that Tiny scouted her out in the restroom at Las Vegas’ McCarran International Airport in 2010 and asked her if she wanted to hang out with her and her husband that night.
Jenks told police that she met up with the couple in a hotel room that evening, where Tiny gave her a shot of Patron, according to the Daily Beast. She said she began to feel dizzy after taking the shot.
“Jenks states that she believes the initial shot of Patron was spiked and because she was drugged and under the influence, she was not able to properly consent to the events that transpired,” a police report obtained by the outlet states.
The couple has denied all allegations.
Tyrone A. Blackburn, the lawyer representing the Los Angeles accuser, said in a statement to NBC News that the "decision by the L.A. prosecutor does not vindicate Clifford Harris or Tiny Harris from the acts of raping and drugging Jane Doe. It only amplifies the need to do away with the statute of limitations for sex crimes.”
Lisa Bloom who represents at least two women accusing the Harrises of sexual assault, said in a statement to Oxygen,com that the statute of limitations law is a "grave injustice ... for victims, who can't even get in the courthouse door to prove their cases, merely because it takes time for them to gather their courage. This is not a decision on the merits. Instead, TI and Tiny will not face charges simply due to this technicality."
Holley and Blackburn have not immediately responded to Oxygen.com’s request for comment.
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