Saturday, July 16, 2005


As if it wasn't bad enough for the Two remaining TLC members to have to deal with INXS pinching their idea for a series - R U The Girl With T-Boz and Chilli hasn't aired yet, and INXS have already started whittling down their new member potentials - T-Boz Watkins nearly ended up reuniting with Left Eye on Indpendence Day, when a neighbour got arsey about their fireworks [Registraton required]:

According to a Gwinnett County police report, the Grammy-winning R&B pop star and members of her family and friends were setting off fireworks in the street late on Independence Day when they were approached by an angry neighbor, Jeffery Strickland. He allegedly told T-Boz, "Things are going to get ugly" if the pyrotechnics display didn't stop.

Two Sugar Loaf Country Club security guards initially responded to the noise complaint but opted to call Gwinnett authorities when they discovered Strickland was brandishing a 45-caliber handgun.

According to witnesses, Strickland tried to break up the party by speeding his black SUV toward Watkins and her guests. When officers arrived, Strickland told them that Watkins and company had started the incident. The report details that officers "noticed a strong aroma of alcohol" coming from Strickland and that his speech was slurred.

According to the police report, when quizzed about driving his vehicle at a high rate of speed toward the TLC member and her guests, he replied: "I got a high-priced attorney. I know how the game works. I was testing my transmission."

After his gun was secured back inside his home, Strickland was arrested and charged with aggravated assault with a vehicle.

Apparently, Strickland's attorney claims that his client was "seeking to defuse the situation" by backing his car into people - see, that's the sort of quality thinking them high-price attorneys come up with. We're excited by this new form of crisis mediation, and look forward to ACAS gathering together management and unions and reversing trucks into them to break the deadlock in industrial disputes.