*Mathew Knowles and Music World Entertainment have filed a libel and slander civil action suit against The Sun, a publication of the NI Group Ltd., which is owned by Rupert Murdoch’s NewsCorp.
Knowles claims that the British paper “knowingly and maliciously misrepresented his relationship with his daughter, Beyoncé, and with his granddaughter in an article from an interview conducted between Knowles and a reporter.”
On March 24, 2013, The Sun released an article claiming the following assertions and supposed statements were made by Mr. Knowles:
• I always did my best for Beyoncé … fans can decide if she’s better off now with Jay-Z
• Former manager talks about family rift for first time
• Mathew Knowles has reportedly not yet met Blue Ivy
• Split … Mathew says Beyoncé has cut him out of her life
In response to the article, Knowles (President and CEO of Music World Entertainment) states: “My daughters and my family mean the world to me. The barrage of repeated falsehoods spawned by the British Sun’s defamatory article has been exhausting and personally damaging to me. No matter how many papers it sells or web hits it generates, The Sun, like any newspaper, needs to maintain a basic level of journalistic integrity. The Sun crossed the line when it went after my family. The Sun needs to be held responsible for its lies in a court of law. This happens too often to too many people, and it is simply unfair.”
Knowles’ Houston based Attorney Mark Maney, Esq. maintains that, “Murdoch’s Sun simply supplied its own fabricated story that would sell more papers and advertising than would the truth. The Sun’s story was not based on the interview. It was made up. With no consideration for the results of its actions, The Sun published malicious and false statements that The Sun knew to be false. Other facts were simply fabricated without regard for the truth.”
The lawsuit seeks monetary damages against Rupert Murdoch and The Sun for defamation and breach of contract.
Russell Crowe seen leaving Villa Magna hotel by car after attending the premiere of the movie ‘Man of Steel’ in Madrid. (June 18, 2013)
*Russell Crowe said he was regularly bombarded with prank calls from Michael Jackson after the singer found out his phone number.
“Michael Jackson used to tease me on the phone,” the actor tells Britain’s The Sun. “He’d ring me and in a strong voice say, ‘There is an emergency and you need to leave the building’. I’d ask, ‘Who is this?’ And he’d say, ‘Do not worry Russell, just kidding, this is Michael’.”
Crowe spoke to The Sun to promote his role as Superman’s father Jor-El in “Man of Steel.”
*Mathew Knowles is seeing red over a story about him in British publication, The Sun.
He is so incensed about what was written that he has released a statement saying the article titled, “I always did my best for Beyonce … fans can decide if she’s better off now with Jay-Z,” is straight up bogus.
Knowles is asking for a full retraction and if he doesn’t get it, he’s filing a lawsuit.
Here’s Mathew’s statement, via his publicist, Priscilla Clarke, in full:
We did not initially respond to the claims made in the British Sun article released March 25, 2013 about Mathew Knowles because we believed that the inaccuracies published would be transparent to readers. However, the British Sun article is a prime example of libel and slander and irresponsible journalism, filled with lies, inaccuracies and misquotes. Many of the statements were completely untrue, without any substance whatsoever and were defaming, with malicious intent to attack Mathew Knowles and his family.
Specifically, Mr. Knowles did not mention Jay-Z’s name in the interview at any point. He did Not state that any “bitter rift” exists between him and his daughter, Beyoncé or that he has been pushed or cut out of her life. He also never stated that he has Not met his granddaughter Blue Ivy. When in fact, it has been well documented that he has met his granddaughter, a fact that was made clear on Beyoncé’s HBO documentary, seen around the world with him holding his granddaughter. A documentary that the British Sun reporter stated she watched, yet decided to report something that she knew was not true.
The British Sun and the reporter were notified in advance that Mathew would not discuss personal family topics or information. The reporter told Mathew that the interview was a feature on him, his career and what he is doing now. However, no information about his career was even included in the article released. As a result, the reporter and the British Sun misrepresented their intent, proceeded with a deceptive agenda, and created their own sensationalized story filled with blatant lies and manipulated quotes, in efforts to grab headlines and sell more copies of their newspaper without regard to how their slander can damage lives.
The publication of these fictitious statements have caused damage to Mr. Knowles’ personal and professional reputation as well as hurt his family. The office of Mathew Knowles has the complete, unedited recording of the interview and the full article that was supposed to be published, which discredits and proves the slanderous manipulation of lies and inaccurate quotes reported by the British Sun. This kind of irresponsible, malicious and misuse of journalism cannot be tolerated and we are requesting an immediate retraction by the British Sun or full legal action will proceed.
Actually, to our way of thinking, Mathew Knowles’ counter statement is far juicier than the story itself in The Sun that he’s upset about. Read the actual article and see if you don’t agree.
The singer tweeted: “Ok @thesunnewspaper, this is the only way I could say this to you!!! F—K YOU…AND yo baggy ass condom.”
The commercial, seen below, shows Rihanna rolling around in Armani underwear while she’s apparently having a nightmare, but according to the Sun’s story, the shots of her bosom and derriére supposedly belong to model Jahnassa Aicken.
The paper also claimed that Rihanna’s management insisted the body double sign a nondisclosure agreement prohibiting her from talking about the job.
Additionally, The Sun reported that Jahnassa received a “modest sum” for her work and was cast in the ads after serving as a stand-in for the singer when her “We Found Love” video was shot in Northern Ireland.
*An outrageous story printed in today’s UK tabloid The Sun claims Michael Jackson – in the midst of drug-fueled paranoia – once ordered a hit on his younger brother Randy during a time they were in a vicious feud.
British martial artist Matt Fiddes, who worked as a bodyguard for MJ and recently claimed to be the biological father of Michael’s youngest son Blanket, tells The Sun that Michael became something of a paranoid wreck by 2005, surrounding himself with Nation of Islam bodyguards and even barring members of his family from his Neverland Ranch.
Fiddes was quoted saying the feud came to boiling point when Michael heard “Randy was trying to force his way past the bodyguards to speak to him in one of his rented homes. Michael ordered him to be shot dead.”
Fiddes said no one took him seriously because he was “out of his mind on drugs” at the time.