ATLANTA (AP) — Tionne Tenese Watkins Rolison, also known as T-Boz of the best-selling female music group TLC, has filed for divorce from her husband, rapper Mack 10, saying he has committed adultery and threatened to kill her.
A temporary restraining order also has been issued against the rapper, barring him from coming within 100 yards of his wife.
T-Boz filed the divorce papers and requested the restraining order June 8. She is seeking full custody of their 3-year-old daughter, Chase Anela.
Mack 10, whose real name is Dedrick D-Mon Rolison, denied the allegations in court documents filed Friday. In them, he said his wife has made the allegations "for the sole purpose of attempting to gain an advantage in these proceedings" and to prevent him from seeing their daughter.
The couple married in August 2000 and are presently separated. T-Boz said in an affidavit that Mack 10 has threatened on several occasions to kill her, the most recently coming June 8.
The first incident T-Boz cites in the affidavit allegedly occurred in October 2002. She said she was leaving Mack 10's home with Chase when the rapper grabbed their daughter out of the car and told T-Boz that she couldn't leave.
"My husband informed me that he would smash my teeth down my throat," she stated in the affidavit. "I asked my husband to give my daughter back to me and I reached for her, and my husband pushed me to the ground twice.
"At that point, my husband grabbed me around my neck and choked me," threatening to kill her, T-Boz said.
She said police officers had to assist her and her daughter in leaving the residence. Police reports on the incident were not immediately available.
The violence continued, she said, when she told him in March 2003 that their marriage wasn't working. At that point, the affidavit states, Mack 10 threatened to have her "erased."
T-Boz said she now employs around-the-clock security. Her director of security, James Clark, said in an affidavit that Mack 10 has called him asking T-Boz's location, a request he refused.
He said the rapper told him June 7 that he "don't want to take it to the streets and when I have a lot of luv (sic) for a brutha (sic), I don't bother him, but when I don't, things can get ugly. I am going to do what it takes to find her."
The rapper called again the next day and said T-Boz "doesn't realize that she is putting everyone who is around her life in jeopardy," according to the affidavit. When Clark asked him what he meant, Mack 10 responded, "Don't play police games with me," the affidavit states.
The divorce papers were filed that same day. No details were provided in any court documents regarding the rapper's alleged adultery.
Mack 10's attorney, Randall Kessler, said his client did not want the divorce to play out in the media, but said the allegations are "certainly denied." A message left for T-Boz's attorney, Charles Mathis, was not immediately returned.
In his written response to the court, Mack 10 argued that he should not have to pay alimony as T-Boz's last record contract exceeded $25 million.
A Fulton County judge on Friday granted him permission to see his daughter on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, and has arranged it so T-Boz and Mack 10 will not have to come in contact with each other.
Mack 10 has been ordered to appear in court June 22.
The rapper is known for his West Coast gangsta rap and recently teamed up with rappers Ice Cube and WC to form the group Westside Connection. The group released the album, Terrorist Threats, in December.
TLC made headlines in 2002 when one of its members, Lisa "Left-Eye" Lopes, was killed in a car collision on a country road outside La Ceiba, Honduras. Lopes was a controversial figure, who once burned down the home of her lover, former NFL wide receiver Andre Rison.