Mariah Carey has just been slapped with a $1.25 million (~ RM5 million) lawsuit. The plaintiff? Her own sister, Alison Carey.
Alison claims that she’s had to endure “emotional distress” and “public humiliation” as a result from the pop star’s memoir, “The Meaning of Mariah”, which debuted in September last year.
In the chapter titled “Dandelion Tea”, which details an incident that took place when Alison was 20 and Mariah was 12 years old, the Grammy winner claimed that her sister not only physically abused her but also placed her in vulnerable situations with older men.
“She burned my back and my trust. Any faint hope I’d held up to that point of having a big sister became scorched earth,” Mariah wrote in the chapter. “Alison has burned me in many ways and more times than I can count…the promise of her life was squandered in a tragic series of cheap bargains rather than being redeemed through the difficult, lifelong work of recovery and rebuilding oneself.”
“Through the years both 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 years old, my sister drugged me with Valium, offered me a pinky nail full of cocaine, inflicted me with third-degree burns, and tried to sell me out to a pimp,” the singer-songwriter wrote. “Something in me was arrested by all that trauma. That is why I often say, ‘I am eternally twelve’.”
Alison argued that Mariah “presented no evidence to substantiate these serious allegations”. The lawsuit also alleged that Mariah “used her status as a public figure to attack her penniless sister, generating sensational headlines describing her lurid claims to promote sales of her book“.
The Hollywood icon has stated that she’s no longer in contact with Alison and Morgan – calling them her “ex-siblings”.