Eminem's Mom to Get $25,000: Judge
Eminem’s mother, Debbie Mathers-Nelson, is to receive $25,000 from her son, whom she had claimed defamed her in some song lyrics and interviews. But that’s all she will receive, according to a ruling handed down by Macomb County, Mich., Judge Mark Switalski. The jurist has denied Mathers-Nelson’s request to reconsider a settlement concerning her pair of defamation lawsuits that, at one point, totaled $11 million against her 28-year-old rapper son, whose real name is Marshall Mathers III. Mathers-Nelson, 46, contends she was pressured into settling for the low figure. But court records produced at a hearing earlier this month include a transcript of a voicemail message she left for Eminem’s attorney on May 9, in which she stated that she would settle for $25,000. Peter Peacock, the rapper’s attorney, told the Detroit Free Press that case is closed, unless Eminem’s mother appeals. “We’re very pleased with this,” Peacock added. Mathers-Nelson’s attorney, Michael Marsalese, said his client has yet to decide whether or not she will take the case to the Michigan Court of Appeals. Meanwhile, in other legal news from the rap world, Jackson Saintagne, 28, of Florida has filed a $5 million lawsuit in Miami-Dade County Circuit Court for the pain he claims to have suffered in March after he was allegedly hit on the head by rap star Juvenile, 26. Morton Fry, an attorney for the rapper (whose real name is Terius Gray), told the Associated Press that his client, whose hits include “Ha,” is innocent of the charges.