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Morgan Carey is suing his younger sister and famous singer, Mariah Carey, for defamation and intentional infliction of emotional distress related to stories recounted in her recently released memoir, The Meaning of Mariah Carey.  The lawsuit focuses on several passages from her book, of which one reads:

“It took twelve cops to pull my brother and father apart. The big bodies of men, all entangled like a swirling hurricane, crashed loudly into the living room. I was a little girl with very few memories of a big brother who protected me. More often, I felt I had to protect myself from him, and sometimes I would find myself protecting my mother from him too.”

The book also claims he once attacked their mother and slammed her against a wall, which Morgan disputes as “a false and defamatory lie”.

According to Gordon, he never fought with their father during her childhood and alleges in his lawsuit that, “Many passages about [him] in the book are false and defamatory, personally invasive and painful, and have caused serious damage to his reputation and to his personal and business affairs.”  Morgan claims his work on feature length film was halted after and because of the book’s publication.

Morgan’s lawsuit, in the New York Supreme Court, comes one month after their sister, Alison, filed suit against Mariah demanding $1.25 million for the emotional distress she suffered from the memoir.  Morgan claims he was never asked to verify the allegations in the book prior to publication and other defendants include the book’s co-author and the publisher, Macmillan.

Lindley Law handled a similar lawsuit involving celebrity memoirs, the reporting for which can be found here and here.  Lindley Law previously published blog articles regarding defamation actions against Nicholas Sparks and a wedding photographer, which can be found in its archives by clicking those links.

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