K. Michelle reacts to Memphitz lawsuit over domestic abuse claims
By: Cindy Adams
September 8, 2012
K. Michelle, one of the stars of VH1’s “Love & Hip Hop Atlanta,” is speaking out about the defamation lawsuit filed by ex-boyfriend Mickey “Memphitz” Wright Jr. over claims she made on the show that he physically abused her during their relationship.
According to the Atlanta Journal Constitution, the suit names Viacom International, NFGTC, Inc., and the producers of the hit reality TV show, Mona Scott-Young’s Monami Entertainment.
K. Michelle, who is not named in the lawsuit, told TMZ, “I’ve always been told that the truth shall set you free. I stand by my story 100 percent. I can on the ‘Love & Hip Hop Atlanta’ show mainly because I wanted to give a voice and bring light to a very serious issue.’”
Wright alleges he has done nothing to break the law and K. Michelle’s allegations are untrue.
The singer explained to TMZ, “I am grateful to VH1 and Monami Ent. for the opportunity to tell my story, and touch lives worldwide… I look forward to having my day in court and finally having the truth of my story confirmed in a court of law.”
Wright’s lawyers allege that K. Michelle has taken advantage of the manner in which society accepts the claims of women who say they were abused as being true. Thus, they argue the only abuse that took place involve the lies she told to create a dramatic story line on the show.
In the lawsuit, Wright is asking for $15 million in compensatory damages and $50 million in punitive damages, claiming he should be compensated for the irreparable damage done to his reputation.