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T.I., wife Tiny won’t face sex assault charges in L.A.

LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles officials will not prosecute rapper T.I. or his wife Tiny over 2005 sexual assault allegations because the statute of limitations in the case has expired, documents show.

The statute of limitations in such cases is 10 years, and the decision to decline the case was based on that timeline, according to documents from the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office.

Earlier this year, the woman reported to Los Angeles police that while with friends in 2005, she met the couple and believed they sexually assaulted her, a document from the DA states. Her attorney said she was drugged and raped.

T.I., whose real name is Clifford Harris, and his wife Tiny, Tameka Harris, have denied any allegations of misconduct.

“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 Thursday. “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 who made the accusation has not been publicly identified. Her attorney has said that she was given a drink by Tiny, and that later in the couple’s hotel room, she became lightheaded and dizzy and was sexually assaulted.

“The decision by the L.A. prosecutor does not vindicate Clifford Harris or Tiny Harris from the acts of raping and drugging Jane Doe,” the woman’s attorney, Tyrone A. Blackburn, said Thursday.

“It only amplifies the need to do away with the statute of limitations for sex crimes,” he said.

A dozen women have accused T.I. and Tiny of sexual assault or misconduct, and some of the allegations involved suspected drugging, their attorneys, Blackburn and Los Angeles lawyer Lisa Bloom, have said.

T.I. and Tiny have not been charged with any crime. Another attorney for them, Steve Sadow, said in March that the couple “continue to deny in the strongest possible terms these groundless and unjustified allegations.”

A spokesman for the Los Angeles County DA said the office had no further comment.

In February, MTV Entertainment said it was suspending production of the VH1 show “T.I. & Tiny: Friends & Family Hustle” due to the allegations.

Diana Dasrath

Diana Dasrath is entertainment producer and senior reporter for NBC News covering all platforms.

Phil Helsel is a reporter for NBC News.

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Kanye West won’t require concertgoers to provide Covid-19 test for Chicago party

Kanye West isn’t requiring proof of vaccination or a negative Covid test at his Chicago listening party.

Kanye West won’t require guests at his upcoming Chicago listening party to provide proof of vaccination or a negative Covid-19 test.

The Chicago native is set to host the third listening party series for his tenth studio album, Donda, on Thursday at the city’s Soldier Field. Approximately 38,000 fans are expected to attend – reduced from the original 63,000 maximum capacity.

Chicago Park District spokeswoman Michele Lemons praised the event as an example of how to be “open and safe” during the pandemic.

“Kanye West’s performance is one of many examples that show that Chicago can be open and safe at the same time,” she said in a statement to the Chicago Tribune. “We have worked with Soldier Field on Covid-19 safety protocols, as we have other venues including Wrigley and Guaranteed Rate Fields, and feel this event can be safely held with the proper mitigation efforts in place.”

The Gold Digger hitmaker is not the first to host a large-scale event in the city.

Around 100,000 fans flocked to Lollapalooza last month, though the festival organisers required attendees show negative Covid-19 tests and proof of vaccination.

While it’s not clear that decisions around vaccine and test requirements are not directly made by West – he has not promoted the event himself and is relying on a local organiser – the rapper has previously disparaged Covid-19 vaccines.

In an interview with Forbes last year, the rapper called vaccines “the mark of the beast” after revealing he had been previously was sick with the virus.

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