“Love & Hip-Hop,” the show, may be over, but the drama that erupted during the series is far from done. Following the conclusion of the two-part reunion last night, Memphitz Wright has filed a lawsuit against Viacom International, Inc.; NFGTV, Inc.; and Monami Entertainment, LLC, claiming that they have defamed his character running K. Michelle’s account of abuse from a former relationship. Viacom is the parent company of VH1, of course, and Monami Entertainment is “Love & Hip-Hop” producer Mona Scott-Young’s own company.
A press release from Memphitz’ reps, MediaHunter PR, states:
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.”
With an average of $3.5 million viewers per show, Memphitz is looking to get seriously broke off, the problem is I’m not sure he really has a leg to stand on. Though K. Michelle did say she was abused, she never mentioned anyone’s name. Memphitz name only got brought into the picture when other people started putting two and two together and mentioning his name and Toya Wright’s. Memphitz also somewhat outed himself when he went on Instagram after the first episode aired and said:
As I was installing the Teeth, T**ties, & A** you’re Flaunting, I forgot to tell you about the Growing Nose I threw in Pinocchio. Lol. @kmichelle I made you. -Mr. Gepetto
Perhaps he should have kept that low blow to himself.
I’m sure K. Michelle is wishing she’d gone ahead and pressed charges back when this domestic abuse allegedly happened. Things have spun completely out of control with nothing more than word of mouth to go on.
What do you think about Memphitz’ lawsuit?
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