The season of Love & Hip Hop Atlanta is officially over, but apparently the drama continues. Memphitz (real name Mickey Wright, the husband of Toya Wright) is filing a lawsuit agains Mona Scott Young’s company Monami Entertainment and VH1’s parent company Viacom.
What are Memphitz’s claims? Compliments of Memphitz’s publicist, he’s suing for defamation of character (on the show, Kim Michelle Pate/K.Michelle speaks about being physically abused by Memphitz, although I’m unsure if she said his ‘name’ on the show). According to the lawsuit, he is asking $1 per viewer, per episode that his character has been defamed (one can assume almost the entire 12-episode season), averaging three to four million viewers. Do.The.Math. According to Attorney Conti J. Moore, Esq., whose practice is based in Orlando, Florida,
“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. 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.”
In the released statement, Memphitz says:
“My family and I have suffered tremendously while VH1, Monami Entertainment, and the other companies provided a worldwide platform for K. Michelle to repeatedly assassinate my character. 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 maintains that the suit is not about revenge but is instead about defending himself and his professional reputation from the malicious false and misleading statements made about him on the popular VH-1 reality show. Meanwhile, no official responds from K.Michelle or Mona Scott-Young’s camp has been released. What do you think of Memphitz’s suit–fair or uncalled for? And do you think that his case has a chance in court?