FRIENDS of rapper T.I. and wife Tiny – who have been accused of drugging and sexually assaulting young women – are "paranoid" they may be dragged into the scandal, while other pals have ditched the couple following the police probe.
Earlier this year, The Sun revealed a group of women were preparing to meet with an attorney and build a class action lawsuit against the celebrity couple as pressure started to mount.
One of the women has now been interviewed by detectives following an alleged sexual assault in 2015 and the LAPD has confirmed they have opened an investigation, The Daily Beast reported.
A source close to T.I. and Tiny told The Sun the pair's inner circle have been rattled by the allegations, and some have chosen to distance themselves from the drama.
"They've fallen out with several people and there are concerns those people may now work with their accusers to provide a picture of the allegations and go against them," the insider said.
"Others are paranoid they will be dragged into the scandal and even subpoenaed to give evidence if any of the accusations go to court, the situation is a mess.
"Friends think they should settle when they can, they are already up to the ears in legal fees and could end up trying to put out fires every week.
"Tiny has earned money from several hits and has been in a number of movies, but that will now be spent dealing with this legal fight.
"The fear is that more accusations will emerge soon and if charged they could face jail time, and at the least this will cost them a fortune to defend – even if they settle out of court."
The Sun has reached out to T.I. and Tiny's rep for comment, but did not receive a response.
T.I. is said to be worth an estimated $50million, while his wife, real name Tameka Cottle-Harris, has netted around $3million from her music and TV appearances over the years.
The woman whose claims are being investigated by cops alleges she first met the pair through a man handing out flyers in the mall, and was invited to hang out with them at a club the following night.
She alleges they took her back to their hotel room where they drank and Tiny took off her clothes and all three got in the shower together.
The reported victim claims T.I. turned on porn in the bedroom and handed her a bottle of baby oil before sitting on her back and sliding "up and down" while they were naked.
At this point, the woman claims she started to feel sick and T.I. allegedly stuck his toes in her vagina, to which she told him "no" before fleeing to vomit in the bathroom, according to a police report obtained by the Daily Beast.
She claims the last thing she remembers was sitting on the sofa before waking up the following morning with her "vagina very sore and had a burning/itching sensation."
According to the Daily Beast, the lawyer representing all of the women says they include a former member of the military, an exotic dancer, and a high school student who interned at T.I.'s studio.
"If I was a prosecutor, I'd have brought charges already," attorney Tyrone A. Blackburn said.
He is currently representing 11 accusers in total, including eight women who claim they were sexually assaulted, drugged, or kidnapped by the couple, or a member of their inner circle.
T.I. and Tiny deny those allegations and claims from three others, including a male, who said the pair made "terroristic threats" toward them.
Back in January, the couple's former friend Sabrina Peterson said that more than 100 women had contacted her with sexual misconduct allegations against the couple.
She is suing the couple for defamation and causing "emotional distress," claiming she has been harassed as a result of their responses.
Peterson accused the T.I. of putting a gun to her head in 2009 and threatened to kill her, according to court papers.
A statement issued on behalf of the pair read: "Mr. and Mrs. Harris want to be on record and more importantly want the public to know they emphatically deny in the strongest way possible the egregiously appalling allegations being made against them by Sabrina Peterson.
"The Harrises have had difficulty with this woman for well over a decade.
"They are taking this matter very seriously, and if these allegations don’t end, they will take appropriate legal action."
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