One of the most controversial story lines from season one of Love & Hip Hop Atlanta was K. Michelle claiming to be a domestic violence victim, saying that her ex, music executive Mickey “Memphitz” Wright beat her.
Memphitz, currently married to Lil Wayne’s first baby mother Toya Wright, dated K. Michelle years ago, but the Memphis-born singer ended their relationship after he allegedly beat her and spent her album budget on things unrelated to her career.
The music executive filed a federal lawsuit against Viacom International, Inc.; NFGTV, Inc.; and Monami Entertainment, LLC. demanding that he be reimbursed for his suffering:
“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.”
The lawsuit states:
Wright is suing the named Defendants for approximately one dollar per viewer per show for damages that stem from the defamatory statements and denigrating actions of cast member Kimberly Michelle Pate p/k/a “K. Michelle.”
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.”
Read the lawsuit in its entirety at ItsOnlyEntertainment.
K. Michelle has already fired back, telling TMZ that she stands by her story.
“I’ve always been told that the truth shall set you free,” she said. “I stand behind my story 100%. I came on the ‘Love & Hip Hop Atlanta’ show mainly because I wanted to give a voice and bring light to a very serious issue. I am very grateful to VH1 and Monami Ent. for the opportunity to tell my story, and touch lives worldwide … I look forward to having my day in court and finally having the truth of my story confirmed in a court of law.”
She added, “Hopefully others will not have to go through this and then have their stories challenged to this degree because people now want to try to salvage whatever reputation they may have had.”
TMZ also reports that K. Michelle has hired attorney Matt Middleton and plans to fight Memphitz in court.