Fantasia Barrino’s Dad Sues Her Publisher

The father of ‘American Idol’ winner Fantasia Barrino has filed a $10 million libel suit against Simon & Schuster, the publisher of a book about his daughter, alleging that it contains ‘false, exaggerated, sensational, intentional and malicious untruths.’ Joseph Barrino is seeking damages from the book ‘Fantasia: Life Is Not a Fairy Tale,’ which was made into a TV movie, starring Fantasia, that aired on the Lifetime network. Among the details disputed by Joseph Barrino: that he was hostile to the music industry, that he asks his daughter for money when she visits him, that his children’s musical careers were more important than their education. ‘The unfortunate publication of Fantasia’s life story by Simon & Schuster seeks to capitalize on her American Idol success through disparaging certain members of her family. The lawsuit seeks to redress these wrongs and restore the integrity of the family members,’ Joseph Barrino’s attorney, Kendall Minter, said Tuesday in a statement. Fantasia Barrino was not listed as a defendant.


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