Call it one rapper’s $10 million “Family Feud.”Eminem’s mother, Debbie Mathers-Briggs, has taken issue with some of the things that her son has said about her in the press and has filed a $10 million slander suit against Eminem, whose real name is Marshall Bruce Mathers III. In the suit, filed last Friday in a Michigan State Court, Mathers-Briggs claims that she was slandered during interviews her son did with “Rolling Stone,” “The Source,” “Rap Pages,” and the nationally syndicated “Howard Stern Show.” Because of the comments, Mathers-Briggs says that she has suffered various forms of emotional distress, including diminished self-esteem, humiliation, sleepless nights, harm to her credit rating, and even loss of her mobile home. In an official statement to MTV News, Eminem’s lawyer, Paul Rosenberg, wrote: “Eminem’s life is reflected in his music. Everything he said can be verified as true — the truth is an absolute defense to a claim of defamation. The lawsuit
does not come as a surprise to Eminem — his mother has been threatening to sue him since the success of his single ’My Name Is…’ It is merely the result of a lifelong strained relationship between him and his mother. Regardless, it is still painful to be sued by your mother and therefore the lawsuit will only be responded to through legal channels.” As for Eminem himself, the controversial rapper will be joining his mentor, Dr. Dre, along with Snoop Dogg and others this weekend at the Concert on Chronic Island in Oahu, Hawaii (see “Eminem Added To Chronic Island Bill, Talks Next Album” ). Eminem’s new album is due out in February 2000.