Mariah Carey was sued by her sister, Alison A. Carey, in New York City court for the content of the singer’s recent memoir, “The Meaning of Mariah Carey,” which describes a controversial and deeply alien relationship between the superstar and his eight years. brother or sister over two years old.
Alison Carey’s lawsuit, filed in the New York County Supreme Court on Monday, demands a minimum of $ 1.25 million for “the infliction of immense emotional distress caused by heartless, vicious public humiliation. , vindictive, despicable and utterly unnecessary of the already deeply hurt older defendant. sister.”
The lawsuit says Carey “harshly dismisses the complainant as his ‘ex’ sister. But instead of saying nothing more, the defendant used her book to humiliate and embarrass the plaintiff as articles about the memoirs appeared in newspapers around the world, on television and on the internet, most of them. with titles repeating the allegations of the accused – all published. without giving the complainant the opportunity to respond.
He added that the superstar “has publicly acknowledged the vulnerability of the complainant. In articles published several weeks before the release of her book, the defendant reportedly stated that the complainant was “damaged” and “very broken”. But despite this, the defendant uses her public figure status to attack her penniless sister, generating sensational headlines describing her sinister claims to promote sales of her book. The cruel and scandalous allegations of the defendant devastated the plaintiff. Already grappling with the indescribable trauma of her childhood and being abandoned by her own children, she has become severely depressed and unusually tearful since the publication of the Accused’s book and is now struggling, after a long period of abstinence, with the alcohol abuse.
Representatives for the singer did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Alison Carey declined to comment beyond what is in her court record.
The document states that Alison sent a settlement offer to the singer’s attorneys by certified mail on Jan.8, but got no response.
In “The Meaning of Mariah Carey,” the memoirist recounts growing up neglected as a child of divorced parents, often ridiculed for her interracial heritage and prone to witnessing her brother’s rage, before moving on to a chapter that is to come. focus on his relationship. with his sister, “Dandelion Tea”.
Carey has a few words of sympathy or admiration for her sister, describing her as “deeply hurt” and “the brightest and most broken person I have ever known”, but the chapter primarily explores her alleged exposure to drugs or older men because of her older sister, when Mariah was 12 and Alison 20, with a physically debilitating encounter.
“Big sisters are supposed to protect you, not get rid of you,” Carey wrote at one point, claiming that Alison left her in the company of a boyfriend who made her move when they were left alone together.
She also describes a seemingly playful moment which turned horrific when “she threw some boiling tea at me… my back was spattered with third degree burns. I could not recognize him as mine, ”writes the singer. “She burned my back and my confidence. Any hope that I would help up to this point of having an older sister has become scorched earth. Later, Mariah adds, “Alison has burned me in so many ways and more times than I can count… The promise of her life was wasted in a tragic string of bargains rather than being redeemed by the difficult. lifelong work of recovery and reconstruction. “
In the chapter’s concluding passages, Carey writes, “Over the years my sister and brother have put me on the chopping block, sold lies to any gossip rag or trashy website that would buy or listen. They have attacked me for decades. But when I was 12, my sister drugged me with Valium, offered me a small fingernail full of cocaine, gave me third degree burns, and tried to sell me to a pimp. Something in me was stopped by all of this trauma. This is why I often say: ‘I am eternally twelve years old.’ “
Alison Carey’s lawsuit says she disputes the book’s allegations and maintains that her sister “has presented no evidence to support these serious allegations.”
One thing the two sisters agree on is that their first life at home was very unhappy, although the lawsuit contains a more sinister allegation about their upbringing than anything in the book. The lawsuit says Mariah “made these outrageous claims knowing that (Alison) is deeply and permanently damaged as a result of being forced by the mother of the defendant and the plaintiff, as a pre-teen, to attend a service. terrifying satanic in the middle of the night. meetings that included ritual sacrifices and sexual activities. The document states that, as a result, Alison suffers from PTSD, anxiety and depression, and is also struggling with serious health issues.
Alison Carey is representing herself in the lawsuit.
Released in late September, “The Meaning of Mariah Carey” debuted at No.1 on the New York Times bestselling non-fiction list in early October. The singer has said in interviews that she plans to adapt the memoir into a feature film or a limited series.