You knew the lawyers were going to get involved sooner or later. Mickey "Memphitz" Wright, Jr. intends to file a lawsuit against the creators of Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta for defamation of character. According to a press release, the music exec intends to specifically sue Viacom International, Inc.; NFGTV, Inc. and Monami Entertainment, LLC, thus VH1 and Mona Scott-Young, respectively.
If you watched Love Hip Hop: Atlanta or listened to her recent interviews with other media outlets, you no doubt heard cast member K.Michelle allege that she was beaten at the hands of Memphitz and claim that he squandered her recording budget. The former Jive A&R, who is currently married to Toya Wright, has always denied the R&B singer's claims. Although her remarks are the reasoning behind the pending lawsuit, she isn't being sued personally. Memphitz is being represented by Orlando attorney Conti J. Moore and is seeking $1 for every viewer per episode of Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta, which considering the reality show's record setting ratings would be a significant cash windfall.
While K.Michelle always maintained that Memphitz assaulted her in interviews, his name was never actually mentioned on Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta itself. Read the full press release below.
MICKEY “MeMpHiTz” WRIGHT FILES FEDERAL LAWSUIT AGAINST VH-1 AND “LOVE AND HIP HOP:ATLANTA” CREATORS
Atlanta, GA-September 4, 2012-Mickey Wright, Jr. p/k/a “MeMpHiTz”, is filing a federal lawsuit against the creators and producers of the popular VH-1 reality television show “Love And Hip Hop: Atlanta.”
Attorneys Conti J. Moore, Esq. of Conti Moore Law, PLLC and Alcide L. Honoré, Esq. of Hooper & Honoré, LLC, are representing Mr. Wright. He is filing suit against the following entities: Viacom International, Inc.; NFGTV, Inc.; and Monami Entertainment, LLC.
Wright is suing the named Defendants for approximately one dollar per viewer per show for damages that stem from the defamatory statements and denigrating actions of cast member Kimberly Michelle Pate p/k/a “K. Michelle”.
According to Attorney Conti J. Moore, Esq., whose practice is based in Orlando, Florida, “Ms. Pate 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.”
Atlanta based Attorney Alcide L. Honoré, Esq. maintains that, “even the most ridiculous statements when repeated frequently become true in the minds of many. Ms. Pate's preposterous claims, which include allegations that Mr. Wright mismanaged funds and caused her career to ‘flop', have been adopted as truth by many followers of the popular VH-1 reality series.”
Wright maintains that the suit is not about revenge but is instead about defending himself and his professional reputation from the malicious false and misleading statements made about him on the popular VH-1 reality show.
“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.”
“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.”
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