T.I. “will not return” to Ant-Man 3 after the rapper and his wife Tiny were accused of sexual abuse.
The 40-year-old rapper and his 45-year-old wife are under fire after the stars’ former friend, Sabrina Peterson, accused the couple of sexual misconduct and claimed “more than 100” other alleged victims had reached out to her on social media.
T.I. will not appear in the upcoming Ant-Man movieCredit: Getty Images
The rapper and his wife Tiny have been accused of sexual misconductCredit: Getty Images – Getty
T.I. appeared in the first two Ant-Man movies as DaveCredit: Marvel
The Hollywood Reporter confirmed the news on Monday that T.I. will not reprise the role of Dave in Marvel Studios’ upcoming film Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania.
The rapper appeared in both 2015’s Ant-Man and 2018’s Ant-Man and the Wasp as Dave, a friend to Paul Rudd’s character Scott Lang/Ant-Man.
In the films, Dave helped Ant-Man on his adventures alongside ex-convicts played by Michael Peña and Kurt David Dastmalchian.
While the outlet reported that T.I.- whose real name is Clifford Joseph Harris Jr.- won’t appear in the film, it is not clear if the decision is related to the recent claims of sexual abuse.
Sabrina previously accused the pair of sexual misconduct and claimed T.I. threatened her with a gun in 2009 following a nasty fight.
The rapper acted in the first two Ant-Man moviesCredit: Marvel
Paul Rudd stars as the titular character in the filmsCredit: Marvel
She shared a few of those claims on her account, as some of the alleged victims said they’d been drugged, forced into sex, and/or trafficked by the Harrises.
The Sun revealed in February that a group of women with claims against the couple planned to travel to New York to meet an attorney building a class action against the stars.
Sabrina told The Sun she was “overwhelmed” with the response she has had since coming forward with the allegations.
She added that she plans to open up more about her experience, sharing: “I got a call today from a documentary team so we’re going to go ahead and let the girls tell their story like in the R. Kelly show, to get them some therapy, too, so they can process their pain.
T.I.’s former friend Sabrina came forward with the initial allegationsCredit: Getty Images – Getty
A number of women then came forward with claims against the coupleCredit: Getty Images
“At the end of this, it might be into the hundreds of girls that come out, ultimately. It’s bad.”
Following the allegations, production on the couple’s reality show- T.I. and Tiny: Friends and Family Hustle- has been halted.
Filming for the fourth season of the VH1 reality series began in December.
According to Rolling Stone, an MTV Entertainment spokesperson said: “We are aware of the allegations, and while they are not connected to our show, we have reached out to T.I. and Tameka Harris, as well as local and state officials.
“Given the serious nature of the allegations, we have decided to suspend production in order to gather more information.”
Their reality show has been halted in light of the allegationsCredit: Getty Images – Getty
Back in January, a spokesperson for T.I. and Tiny profusely denied the claims.
The rep told Complex: “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.”
The pair denied the claims made against themCredit: Getty Images