Memphitz Loses Lawsuit Against Love & Hip-Hop Atlanta Star K Michelle
|Memphitz Loses Lawsuit Against Love & Hip-Hop Atlanta Star K Michelle|
Wright, who also served as Michelle's manager, failed to prove his character was defamed after admitting to his involvement in specific altercations with K. Michelle.
The Fulton County judge Robert McBurney decided in favor of the defendants.
In general, the allegations were true, Wright is deemed a public figure as a former TV host and husband of singer and reality star Toya Wright and the production company “exercised due diligence concerning Defendant Pate’s domestic violence claims,” according to final court judgment. “The record shows that they reasonably believed Defendant Pate during production of LHHA and that they still do today.”
That content of the text was bleeped out on the show, negating its import in the case.
The summary judgment goes into detail about the argument between K Michelle and Wright where Wright admits he put a pillow and/or his hands over her mouth to try to shut her up.
She reasonably thought he was trying to kill her. He later tried to backtrack from his initial acknowledgments, according to a court filing by the defendants seeking summary judgment.
Although K Michelle wasn’t a defendant in the original case, she was added later. The other defendants are Viacom, which owns VH1 and the production companies NFGTV and Monami
The judge was also displeased that it took several months for Wright to specify what was defamatory, noting that the delays “consumed the resources of the Court and Defendants and ultimately required an order of the Court to fix.”