Toya Wright and her husband Memphitz have decided to take action against Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta creators and producers, VH1 and Mona Scott-Young’s Monami Entertainment company over abuse allegations made by singer K. Michelle.
During the premiere season of Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta K. Michelle detailed being beat down and bloodied by an ex-boyfriend. While the singer didn’t mention any names it didn’t take long before the finger was pointed to music executive Memphitz. The former Arista A&R exec responded to the allegations on several occasions including the last time during a radio interview where he detailed his version of the story.
According to Memphitz, there was a scuffle but it involved him trying to hold K. Michelle back who had lost control. His wife Toya also spoke in his defense claiming that the man she married is not the person being slammed on the show. K. Michelle would go on to appear in a public service announcement for domestic abuse victims but also lose her friend, rapper Rasheeda who’s also close friends to the Wrights.
In the end, the public formed their opinion and many believed that the singer wouldn’t make up a story about abuse. With that perception cemented into the minds of the millions who watched the show every Monday, Memphitz had enough.
It was confirmed today that he filed a federal lawsuit against Viacom International, Inc.; NFGTV, Inc.; and Monami Entertainment, LLC. demanding that he be reimburse for his suffering. Read the statement in part below:
“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. 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.”
Memphitz’s Attorney Conti J. Moore, Esq. added, “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.”
Neither Mona nor K. Michelle have updated their Twitter with comments about the lawsuit. Do you think Memphitz has a valid case?