Mariah Carey’s older brother is suing the star for the defamation and emotional distress caused by her latest memoir, The Meaning Of Mariah Carey.
Morgan Carey, who seeks undisclosed damages, said the memoir falsely showed he was violent.
Damage To Reputation
As a result, he suffered “severe mental illness” and “serious damage to his reputation”, his legal case said.
The papers have been filed a month after Mariah’s sister sued her for $1.25m (£900,000) over the memoir.
Alison Carey said the passages claiming that she gave Valium to 12-year-old Mariah, tried to pimp her out and threw boiling tea on her were “outrageous” and meant to “humiliate and embarrass” her.
The sister denied the allegations, saying the singer “had no evidence to substantiate the serious allegations”.
Best Non-Fiction Sellers
Mariah’s story was published last September and topped the list of best sellers non-fiction stories in October.
It contains many revelations about her life, including her difficult, dysfunctional upbringing, racism she encountered as a child, and allegations that her first relationship and subsequent marriage to film manager Tommy Mottola was abusive.
Morgan Carey, who was born in 1960, says the star has tarnished his reputation by writing about a “brutal fight” that allegedly took place with his father that occurred when she was a little girl.
Mariah wrote that it took “12 police officers to separate my brother from my father” – but Morgan says the incident was “fictional” and that, under normal circumstances, only one or two police officers would respond to a report of domestic violence.
He has also sued over passages that, he says, imply he tried to extort money from Mariah after she became successful; and that he had been “in the [criminal justice] system”.
“[Morgan] brings this action more in sorrow and disappointment in his sister’s betrayals and malicious falsehoods than in anger at them,” papers filed in Manhattan read.
“He is by no means envious of his sister’s enormous artistic and personal success, has enjoyed his own successes both professional and personal and has always wished her well.”
Other defendants named in the case include the book’s co-author, Michaela Angela Davis, its publisher Macmillan, and the imprint Andy Cohen Books.
None of the parties had responded to the legal filing at the time of writing.