On the closing of the hit VH1 reality show “Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta,” music executive Mickey “Memphitz” Wright files a federal lawsuit against Viacom International, Inc.; NFGTV, Inc.; and Monami Entertainment, LLC for slandering his character.
During season one of the series, K. Michelle was given a platform to be heard and she did just that, letting the world in on more than just her music. The former Jive records recording artist went into details about her music industry struggles, and without calling names, spoke tirelessly about getting her “ass beat” by a certain executive.
Michelle, who was signed to Jive under Memphitz’s Hitz Committee imprint, claims the two got into a heated argument one night, which turned physical. She alleges that he beat her, smothered her, and dragged her across the room floor leaving her with carpet burns, scars and bruises on her body.
Memphitz has maintained his innocence in the alleged incident and has released the following statement with the new lawsuit, which he says is not about revenge, instead it’s about defending his professional reputation from the malicious false and misleading statements made on the show.
“My family and I have suffered tremendously while VH-1, Monami Ent., and the other companies provided a worldwide platform for K. Michelle to repeatedly assassinate my character,” says Memphitz. “The filing of this suit is to compensate for the irreparable damage that has been done to my reputation and to deter these companies from doing such future harm to others.”
Wright is suing the named Defendants for approximately one dollar per viewer per show for damages that stem from the defamatory statements and denigrating actions of cast member Kimberly Michelle Pate p/k/a “K. Michelle”.
“Ms. Pate has taken full advantage of society’s tendency to accept claims of domestic violence as always being true, even in the absence of proof,” says Memphitz’s attorney Conti J. Moore, Esq. “The only abuse that actually occurred is the malicious and calculated pattern of vicious lies Ms. Pate has assailed for the purpose of fabricating a compelling story line in an attempt to ruin my client’s name.”