K. Michelle’s Alleged Abuser Memphitz Sues Producers Of ‘Love and Hip Hop Atlanta’ [Details]
Peaches GrantSeptember 4, 2012
Love & Hip Hop Atlanta star K. Michelle’s ex-boyfriend Memphitz is suing the show.
One day after the final reunion episode aired, Mickey “Memphitz” Wright filed a federal lawsuit against K. Michelle, Viacom International, Inc., NFGTV, Inc., and Monami Entertainment, LLC. The lawsuit stems from K. Michelle repeatedly telling her story of how she was abused by a ex-boyfriend who was an executive at a music label. K. Michelle shared details on the show that a fight between the two got physical one night and she suffered burns, scars, and bruises.
K. Michelle never mentioned Memphitz’s name on camera, but she did reveal in interviews and on Twitter that Memphitz was her alleged abuser. Producer Mona Scott-Young invited Memphitz to come on the reunion show to give his side of the story but he declined. But he continues to deny the abuse allegations.
Memphitz claims K. Michelle’s accusations of domestic violence are complete lies and the show gave her a “worldwide platform” for her to “assassinate [his] character:”
“My family and I have suffered tremendously while VH-1, Monami Ent., and the other companies provided a worldwide platform for K. Michelle to repeatedly assassinate my character. The filing of this suit is to compensate for the irreparable damage that has been done to my reputation and to deter these companies from doing such future harm to others.”
Memphitz’s attorney Conti J. Moore said K. Michelle was just seeking sympathy without giving an ounce of proof to her claims:
“[K. Michelle] has taken full advantage of society’s tendency to accept claims of domestic violence as always being true, even in the absence of proof. The only abuse that actually occurred is the malicious and calculated pattern of vicious lies Ms. Pate has assailed for the purpose of fabricating a compelling story line in an attempt to ruin my client’s name.”
“Domestic violence is an issue of serious nature, often having grave consequences for true victims with whom we all sympathize. However, it is unconscionable for one to play on the sympathies of the masses by levying false accusations of such heinous acts against an innocent party, simply for the sake of entertainment or for purported career advancement. After reviewing the evidence in this matter, we are prepared to litigate this case to the fullest extent of the law to seek justice for our client and to restore his name and professional reputation.”
Memphitz is seeking damages in the amount of $1 per viewer per show. The VH1 hit averaged 3 million viewers per episode.
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