Eminem’s mother once tried to sue the rapper for the colossal sum of $10 million (£7 million) after claiming that 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 mother Debbie Mathers-Briggs.
Eminem, real name Marshall Mathers, first mentioned his mother in his first single My Name Is, in which he claimed that “my mother smokes more drugs than I do”.
On his song Cleanin ‘Out My Closet Eminem rappes:
“Witness your mommy popping pills in the kitchen / Complaining that someone is always going through her purse and shit / Going through public housing systems, victim of Munchausen’s syndrome / All my life I’ve been made to believe I was sick when I wasn’t / Until I grew up, now I’ve exploded, it makes your stomach hurt. «
However, his comments apparently fell under the skin of Debbie, who filed a libel suit in 1999 – claiming that the rapper was lying about her education and slandering her.
In response to the lawsuit, rapper Paul Rosenberg’s lawyer said in a statement: “Eminem’s life is reflected in his music.
“Everything he said can be verified as true. Truth is an absolute defense against an allegation of defamation. This trial does not surprise Eminem.
“His mother has been threatening to sue him since the success of his single ‘My Name Is …’ It’s simply the result of a long-standing strained relationship between him and his mother.
“Anyway, it is always painful to be sued by your mother and therefore the lawsuit will only be dealt with through legal channels. »
It took more than a decade, but finally in 2001 Debbie got a settlement, but the $10 million she originally claimed was reduced to only $25,000 (€17,928).
While a final decision by Macomb County Circuit Court Judge Mark Switalski found that of the €25,000 Debbie was only entitled to €1,600 (€1147), the rest of the money went to her lawyer Fred Gibson.
Speaking to ABC after the decision, Gibson said the €23,354 (€16,747) was not enough.
He said: “It’s not the last word because she was the most demanding client I’ve had in my legal career.
“This amount was a far cry from the time I spent with her personally and the legal action. »