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Judge Sides With VH1 & K. Michelle in Ex-Lover’s $65 Million Defamation Case

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Judge Sides With VH1 & K. Michelle in Ex-Lover’s $65 Million Defamation Case

K. Michelle (Kimberly Michelle Pate), VH1 and producers of the hit show "Love Hip Hop Atlanta", are in the clear after a judged ruled in their favor in a 2012 filed defamation case.

Michelle's ex-boyfriend, former Jive Records executive Mickey “Memphitz” Wright Jr, filed the lawsuit in a Georgia District Court on Sept. 5, 2012, claiming K. Michelle and the network accused him of physical abuse and embezzlement on the show.

Wright asked for $15 million in compensatory damages and $50 million in punitive damages, but he will not see a penny because he could not prove the allegations brought up by K. Michelle were false. He also had to prove the allegations were "injurious to his reputation and was published with a degree of fault at least amounting to negligence."

Fulton County Judge Robert McBurney stated in his ruling: "The record shows that they [LHHA producers & VH1] reasonably believed Defendant Pate during production of LHHA and that they still do today."

According to AJC, Wright also admitted that he got into a physical altercation with K Michelle in a Memphis hotel altercation in 2009 and had spent money from Jive Record’s budget for jewelry, not to help her career, and had sent a text message threatening to kill K. Michelle’s son. That content of the text was bleeped out on the show, negating its import in the case.

K. Michelle is no longer a cast member on "Love and Hip Hop Atlanta" after moving to New York and landing her own spin-off show, My Life.

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