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Eminem's Mum Once Tried To Sue Him For $10 Million

Claire Reid

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Eminem's Mum Once Tried To Sue Him For $10 Million

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Eminem's mum once attempted to sue the rapper for a whopping $10 million (£7m) after claiming he had slandered her on The Slim Shady LP and in various interviews.

Anyone familiar with Eminem's music will be all too aware that the rapper has a difficult relationship with his mum Debbie Mathers-Briggs.

Eminem, real name Marshall Mathers, first mentioned his mum on his 1999 single 'My Name Is', in which he claimed 'my mom smokes more dope than I do'.

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Credit: PA

On his 2002 track 'Cleanin' Out My Closet', Eminem raps: "Witnessing your momma popping prescription pills in the kitchen / B****ing that someone's always going through her purse and s***'s missing / Going through public housing systems, victim of Munchausen syndrome / My whole life I was made to believe I was sick when I wasn't / Till I grew up, now I blew up, it makes you sick to ya stomach."

However, his words seemingly got under the skin of Debbie who filed a defamation lawsuit in 1999 - claiming that the rapper was lying about his upbringing and slandering her.

In response to the suit, the rapper's lawyer Paul Rosenberg said in a statement: "Eminem's life is reflected in his music.

"Everything he has said can be verified as true. Truth is an absolute defence to a claim of defamation. This lawsuit does not come as a surprise to Eminem.

"His mother has been threatening to sue him since the success of his single 'My Name Is'. It is merely the result of a lifelong strained relationship between him and mother.

"Regardless, it is still painful to be sued by your mother and therefore the lawsuit will only be dealt with through legal channels."

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Credit: PA

In 2001, Debbie was awarded a settlement, but the eye-watering $10 million she originally pushed for was cut down to just $25,000 (£17,928).

While a final ruling from Macomb County Circuit Court Judge Mark Switalski found that of the $25,000, Debbie was entitled to just $1,600 (£1,147), with the rest of the cash going to her lawyer Fred Gibson.

Speaking to ABC after the ruling, Gibson said the $23,354 (£16,747) was not enough.

He said: "This is not the last laugh because she was the most high-maintenance client I've had in my legal career.

"That amount was a far cry to the time I dedicated to her personally and to the legal action."


Topics: Celebrity, Music, Interesting, Eminem

Claire Reid
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