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Missy Elliott, Eve, Ludacris, T.I., Viola Davis, and Chance the Rapper are among the celebrities leading the tributes to rap legend DMX who passed away at age 50 on Friday, April 9.

DMX, real name Earl Simmons, died one week after he was hospitalized following a heart attack.

Missy Elliott was among the first to take to Twitter to send her condolences to his loved ones.

"Even through you had battles you TOUCHED so many through your MUSIC and when you would PRAY so many people FELT THAT!," she wrote. "This is heavy for the HipHop family but your LEGACY LIVES ON & SPIRIT. Continued Prayers for X family & friends for STRENGTH/HEALING (sic)".

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Actress Viola Davis tweeted: "RIP DMX. I pray for the comfort of your children and loved ones [praying hands emoji]."

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Rapper Ludacris posted on Instagram. "The Impact That this Man made on The Culture is Unprecedented. I Have So Many Great Stories Of Hanging With X that I will truly Cherish for the Rest Of my Life. One of the Most Genuine & Passionate Human Beings I've ever had the pleasure of Sharing Memorable Time & Energy With. Rest In Peace Soldier (sic)".

Chance The Rapper tweeted simply, "Rest in Heaven DMX."

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While disgraced rapper Tip "T.I." Harris tweeted: "Rest In Peace to a cultural icon. There are no words that can mend the loss the hip-hop community felt today," and Ice-T shared, "Very Very Very few will EVER do it like you homie…. Man! This sucks… Tooooo Fn (f**king) young to go. Rest easy X."

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DMX's former Ruff Ryders Entertainment labelmate and former rapper Eve also paid her respects on Twitter.

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"#mydog I know that you are in the place of peace you deserve. I will be forever grateful to have known you. You were one of the most special people I have ever met. Full of Humor, talent, wisdom and love and most of all loyalty. This world has lost a REAL ONE but the heavens have gained an ANGEL. May you Rest".

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Original Ruff Ryders artist Swizz Beatz (left) has yet to issue a statement, but he shared a captionless image of his late pal on his Instagram Story timeline on Friday.

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Officials at DMX's previous label, Def Jam Recordings, also issued a statement, expressing their heartache at his untimely death.

"DMX was a brilliant artist and an inspiration to millions around the world," it read. "His message of triumph over struggle, his search for the light out of darkness, his pursuit of truth and grace brought us closer to our own humanity.

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"Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and all those who loved him and were touched by him. DMX was nothing less than a giant. His legend will live on forever."

Other tributes were written by Questlove, M.I.A., Tom Morello, Black Eyed Peas' apl.de.ap, singer Kehlani, and Jada Pinkett Smith, as well as sports stars LeBron James and Adrian Peterson, and wrestling legend Iron Sheik.
 

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Tip "T.I." Harris and his wife Tameka Harris released a statement in response to new allegations of misconduct.

The reality TV couple released a statement through their attorney, Steve Sadow, on Tuesday, April 6.

Sadow is still waiting to attack the integrity of the women -- once their names are revealed.

"The Harrises are still waiting for the accusers to reveal themselves publicly," Sadow told Billboard. "By continuing to hide behind anonymous allegations, the unnamed accusers effectively render themselves not credible and unworthy of belief. We say: Let the light shine on their identities so we can go about disproving these scurrilous accusations."

Vulture.com previously reported three more women came forward last week with new allegations.

Tyrone A. Blackburn, the attorney representing the women, said a victim who was 20 at the time alleged the couple "pulled out a pill and forced her to swallow it." Another woman claimed the couple trafficked her across three states.

Their stories resemble similar accusations by other women who claim they were drugged and sexually assaulted by the couple and their friends.

Blackburn sent letters to prosecutors in Georgia and California requesting a criminal investigation. So far, no charges have been filed.

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Two more alleged victims have come forward with accusations of sexual misconduct against Tip "T.I." Harris and his wife, Tameka "Tiny" Harris.

Two anonymous women retained attorney Tyrone A. Blackburn, who represents several other unidentified accusers.

The women accuse the reality TV couple of drugging them and sexually abusing them.

One victim said she was "drugged, forced to take tons of molly and X, and sex-trafficked in three states," according to Vulture. She was 32 at the time.

The second victim said she was "raped by Clifford Harris and one of his male friends in a hotel in Miami, Florida, in May of 2010."

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Blackburn sent letters to attorney generals in Georgia and California, requesting investigations into the allegations.

So far, there have been no charges filed against the couple.

High-powered attorney Steven Sadow said the Harrises will be vindicated.

"We await Blackburn exposing his anonymous accusers to the light of day, by revealing their names, so we will be in a position to confront their allegations," Sadow told Vulture. "By Blackburn choosing instead to misuse the media for his own publicity and hiding the identities of his clients from the public and us, he makes it impossible for us to do so now."

But legal experts say the alleged sex abuse victims have the right to privacy.

A judge can keep the names of sex abuse victims out of public records to protect them from witness intimidation or harassment.

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Atlanta Rapper T.I., 40, and his wife Tameka, 45, are seen arriving at BOA Steakhouse in West Hollywood for dinner with the family on March 15.

The embattled couple appeared to be in good spirts as they posed for pictures outside of the restaurant with their adorable youngest daughter, Heiress Diana Harris, 4, and their son Domani, 2nd from left.

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The couple has been laying low ever since dozens of women came forward with very serious allegations of sexual assault against them. Multiple women accused the rapper and his wife of drugging, kidnapping, sexual assault and misconduct, with some allegations stretching back more than a decade.

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In a statement issued though their attorney, Steven Sadow, T.I. and Tiny denied "in the strongest possible terms these baseless and unjustified allegations."

T.I. and Tiny don't have masks on in California because Georgia does not have a mask mandate, so they're not accustomed to wearing masks like residents in locked down states.

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Another woman has come forward with allegations of sexual misconduct against Atlanta rapper T.I. and his R&B singer wife Tameka "Tiny" Harris.

Lawyer Tyrone A. Blackburn told Vulture he is representing a client who alleges she was drugged and trafficked in three states by the Atlanta power couple.

Blackburn described the victim as "a survivor who was drugged and trafficked by [T.I. and Tiny] in Nevada, California, and Florida over three days."

On Feb. 19, Blackburn sent letters to federal prosecutors in Georgia and California calling for criminal investigations into allegations that T.I., real name Clifford Joseph Harris Jr., and his wife drugged victims for indecent purposes.

Blackburn says he spoke to eight women and three men who all described similar stories of "forced ingestion of illegal narcotics, kidnapping, terroristic threats, and false imprisonment."

Six more women have reportedly come forward with similar allegations, Blackburn said in an interview with the Daily Beast.

Blackburn confirmed to Vulture that he only represents the new trafficking accuser.

"All she wants is justice, and we intend to fight until she gets it," Blackburn said in an email to Vulture.

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T.I. and Tiny's pugnacious attorney, Steven Sadow, repeated his assertions that the couple will be vindicated if the charges are investigated.

"We await Blackburn exposing his anonymous accusers to the light of day, by revealing their names, so we will be in a position to confront their allegations," Sadow told Vulture. "By Blackburn choosing instead to misuse the media for his own publicity and hiding the identities of his clients from the public and us, he makes it impossible for us to do so now."

But legal experts note that the alleged sex abuse victims have the right to privacy until an investigation is completed.

A judge can keep the names of sex abuse victims out of public records to protect them from witness intimidation or harassment.

So far, no charges have been filed against T.I. and Tiny.

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More women have come forward alleging sexual assault and kidnapping by Atlanta power couple T.I. and Tiny.

Six more women have come forward, in addition to the eight women and three men being represented by attorney Tyrone A. Blackburn.

Blackburn sent letters to federal prosecutors in two states requesting criminal charges be filed in Georgia and California.

So far, there have been no criminal charges filed. But T.I. and Tiny, real names Clifford and Tameka, have retained a high-powered law firm to defend them just in case.

"If I was a prosecutor, I'd have brought charges already," Blackburn wrote in the letter.

Blackburn said the women and men are unaware of each other. They accused T.I, and Tiny of forcing them to ingest illegal narcotics, kidnapping, threats and false imprisonment.

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A 22-year-old woman who met the couple when she worked at T.I.'s Grand Hustle Studio as a teenager, claims she was drugged and given alcohol by the couple when she was 17.

She said the drink and two pills made her "hot and and sweaty [and she] began hallucinating and felt like she was floating."

She says she blacked out and woke up "naked on a bed... bleeding from her vagina. She also felt discomfort in her anus."

The next day, she was taken home by an employee who told her she needed to learn to shut up.

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The high-powered lawyer representing rapper Tip "T.I." Harris and his wife, Tameka "Tiny" Harris, denies claims they tried to cut a deal with an attorney pushing for an investigation into sexual abuse allegations.

Tyrone A. Blackburn, who sent letters to federal prosecutors in two states accusing the couple of drugging and raping women, said T.I.'s attorney, Steven Sadow contacted him and tried to cut a deal on T.I. and Tiny's behalf.

"Steve Sadow reached out to me looking to make a deal on behalf of T.I. and Tiny and I told Steve Sadow my clients want justice," Blackburn said via Zoom videoconference on Monday. "So [if] the deal involves Tiny and T.I. turning themselves in and admitting to the crimes they have committed then fine we got a deal! But if it does not work then I would prefer the investigators do that work and to bring criminal charges against Tiny and T.I. for what they've done throughout the years.”

Blackburn is representing 11 women who accuse the couple of engaging in "sexual abuse, forced ingestion of illegal narcotics, kidnapping, terrorist threats, and false imprisonment."

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T.I. has vigorously denied the allegations through his attorney, Sadow (pictured left), who stated "no charges will be forthcoming." Sadow denied reaching out to Blackburn to cut a deal.

"That is patently false," he said in a statement on Thursday.

"I reached out to see if he would share any information since his name was posted on Instagram as the attorney for Sabrina Peterson. Blackburn repeatedly refused to provide the names of his accuser-clients or any corroborating or supporting evidence of his groundless claims. The Harrises repeat that they are confident if a thorough and fair investigation is conducted, no charges will be brought."

The allegations have dealt a death blow to T.I.'s career. VH1 canceled the couple's reality TV show, T.I. & Tiny: Friends & Family Hustle, and Disney fired him from its Ant-Man 3 film.
 

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The entertainment industry is following the T.I. and Tiny sex scandal with intense interest. Blogs are even digging up old stories about the couple's proclivities for threesomes.

Everyone has a story to tell about their own drug-fueled encounters with the horny couple.

If you recall, back in 2017, Rob Kardashian got into it with T.I. on Instagram for commenting on his parenting skills.

Rob, 33, claimed the rapper enjoyed a threesome with Tiny and Rob's ex-fiancée Blac Chyna, 32.

"Since TI wanna chime in on business that don't concern him let's talk about the threesome you had with Chyna and your baby mama Tiny. Don't speak on my daughter when u having threesomes with young Chy and Tiny ::: and I put that on my daughters life since u wanna speak on my daughter,,, damn shame. Chyna told me everything about your threesomes with you and her and Tiny. U got no moves bro ;;; Correction ::: TI paid Chyna to have sex with Tiny and him."

T.I., 40, was eager to respond to Rob's accusation when TMZ caught up with him at Los Angeles International Airport.

"Don't tell women's business. That's bad. That's very, very bad," said the father of seven.

"Poor character. Flawed, you know what I mean? If a woman trusted you and confided in you with secrets and stuff like that, you don't ever let that -- you don't do that. Secrets are sacred, you don't do that. That's a whole other level of f---boy s--t right there."

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It's an open secret that Blac Chyna was T.I. and Tiny's favorite dancer at King of Diamonds strip club back in 2013.

T.I. and his wife Tiny, real name Tameka Harris, 45, are accused of drugging and sexually assaulting at least 30 women over the span of nearly two decades.

The fallout from the allegations has demolished the couple's careers. VH1 canceled their reality TV show T.I. & Tiny: Family Hustle and Disney reportedly fired T.I. from the Ant-Man 3 movie.

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Rapper T.I. won't be back for Marvel's third Ant-Man movie as new sexual assault allegations threaten to destroy his career

The Hollywood Reporter's sources claim the father-of-seven will not be returning as sidekick Dave in Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania.

The news comes after the rap star and his wife, Tameka "Tiny" Harris, were accused of sexual abuse by as many as 30 women.

On Monday, Mar. 1, an attorney representing 11 alleged victims accused the couple of crimes including sexual abuse, forced ingestion of illegal narcotics, kidnapping, false imprisonment, intimidation, assault and harassment.

The attorney, Tyrone A. Blackburn is asking authorities in California and Georgia to open criminal investigations into the Atlanta power couple.

T.I. and Tiny have strongly denied the accusations through their defense attorney, Steve Sadow, who writes: "Clifford (T.I.) and Tameka Harris (Tiny) deny in the strongest possible terms these unsubstantiated and baseless allegations. We are confident that if these claims are thoroughly and fairly investigated, no charges will be forthcoming."

Meanwhile, VH1 bosses suspended production of the reality TV show T.I. & Tiny: Friends & Family Hustle last month, when the claims against the couple first came to light.

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Rapper Tip "T.I." Harris and his wife, R&B singer Tameka "Tiny" Harris have denied accusations of drugging, kidnapping and sex abuse made by as many as 30 women.

Over the weekend, New York-based attorney Tyrone A. Blackburn sent letters to federal prosecutors in two states calling for a criminal investigation into the allegations.

In the letters, Blackburn accused the Atlanta power couple of "a myriad of allegations of forced drugging, kidnapping, rape, and intimidation in at least two states, including California and Georgia."

Blackburn filed a defamation lawsuit against T.I. and Tiny on behalf of Atlanta entrepreneur Sabrina Peterson, who previously accused T.I. of putting a gun to her head during an argument in 2009.

T.I. has retained his friend, high-powered criminal defense attorney Steve Sadow to represent him and his wife.

On Monday, Sadow said in a statement that T.I. and Tiny "deny in the strongest possible terms these unsubstantiated and baseless allegations" and he called the lawsuit a "shakedown" for money.

At a virtual press conference on Monday, Blackburn said the anonymous women aren't looking for money.

"They're seeking justice... These women have never put forth a request for money. They've never asked for money. Steve Sadow, maybe he misspoke... I didn't ask him for a dollar and from what I got from the conversations we had from the emails, they were very, very interested in killing this story and these claims. They didn't want this to come out."

Rumors of T.I. and Tiny's drug-fueled orgies have circulated on blogs and social media for years.

T.I. himself confirmed the rumors in a video response to Peterson's allegations in January.

"Uh, what we not going to do is open up the door to my bedroom," he said in the 8-minute video uploaded to Instagram.

"But I will say this, whatever we ever have done, has been done with consensual adults who into what we into and like what we like. If we want something, we know exactly where to go get it. We've never forced anybody, we've never drugged anybody against their will, we've never held anybody against their will. We've never made anybody do anything. We never sexually trafficked anything. I ain't never raped nobody, never raped nobody."

In a recent episode of T.I.'s podcast series, "ExpediTIously," the soft-spoken Sadow said he draws the line at representing sexual predators, since those cases are the most difficult to defend morally.

Watch T.I.'s interview with Sadow below.