Mariah Carey has disagreed with opinions projecting that her book was intended to defame her brother when she pictured him as a violent guy in her tell-all memoir since it’s in the interest of the public for her to inspire people to overcome adversity, according to new court papers.
The singer’s 61-year-old elder brother Morgan Carey sued his younger sister in March, alleging that she defamed him in her book titled “The Meaning of Mariah Carey” by falsely picturing him as a violent person when they were growing up.
However, Mariah Carey who filed a court document in Manhattan Supreme Court on Friday argues that Morgan’s claim should be trashed out for a million reasons, including the fact that the book’s message of her personal triumph over adversity is a matter of public interest.
What this simply means is that a higher legal standard would be required of Morgan to successfully claim defamation, and currently, the filed suit doesn’t meet that standard yet, according to Mariah’s doc.
Mariah has maintained that the story she portrayed in her tell-all book is of public interest considering her level of fame and the fact that she intends to encourage the younger generation who are also facing difficult upbringings.
“The story of Ms. Carey’s rise from a dysfunctional and sometimes violent family environment has significant public value, particularly to any young person who may find her/himself stuck in similarly harsh and dispiriting circumstances and who can benefit from the inspiration to employ their talents in pursuit of their dreams,” the doc. submitted by Mariah’s legal rep. argues.
Meanwhile, Morgan’s suit specified his disagreement with a couple of passages that talk about him and insisted they involved nothing but “mere gossip and of prurient interest.”
Morgan is claiming that the pages he’s talking about make it look like he was very violent toward their father, while in reality, their late father was abusive. “The violence was entirely one-sided, with the plaintiff being the recipient of his [father’s] misplaced rage,” according to the suit.
Morgan is also claiming that the book destroyed his reputation both personally and in his business, making him lose out on a film project that he was pursuing. Also, Alison Carey, the singer sister sued her over the book, and the case is still pending.