Mariah Carey has been sued by her sister, Alison A. Carey, in New York court over the contents of the singer’s recent memoir, “The Meaning of Mariah Carey,” which describes a contentious and deeply estranged relationship between the superstar and her eight-years-older sibling.
Alison Carey’s suit, filed Monday with the New York County Supreme Court, asks for a minimum of $1.25 million for “the infliction of immense emotional distress caused by defendant’s heartless, vicious, vindictive, despicable and totally unnecessary public humiliation of defendant’s already profoundly damaged older sister.”
The suit says that Carey “callously dismisses plaintiff as her ‘ex’ sister. But instead of saying no more than that, defendant used her book to humiliate and embarrass plaintiff as stories about the memoir appeared in newspapers around the world, on TV and across the Internet, most of them with headlines repeating defendant’s allegations — all of them published without giving plaintiff any opportunity to respond.”
It further said the superstar “has publicly acknowledged plaintiff’s vulnerability. In stories published several weeks prior to the release of her book, defendant was quoted as saying plaintiff is ‘damaged’ and ‘very broken.’ But despite that, defendant user her status as a public figure to attack her penniless sister, generating sensational headlines describing her lurid claims to promote sales of her book. Defendant’s cruel and outrageous allegations have devastated the plaintiff. Already struggling with the unspeakable trauma of her childhood and having her own children abandon her, she has become severely depressed and uncharacteristically tearful since the publication of defendant’s book and now struggles, after a long time clean, with alcohol abuse.”
The singer’s reps did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Alison Carey declined to comment beyond what is in her court filing.
The document says 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 the child of divorced parents, often ridiculed for her interracial heritage, and subject to witnessing the rage of her brother, before moving on to a chapter that focuses on her relationship with her sister, “Dandelion Tea.”