Eminem's former bully DEANGELO BAILEY has been banned from suing the
superstar for releasing a rap claiming he was almost killed by his
Bailey was enraged when he heard BRAIN DAMAGE, an album track from the
1999 SLIM SHADY release, because the lyrics allege he nearly murdered Eminem
during a vicious episode of persecution at school.
But the 32-year-old cleaner's complaints were dismissed by a Michigan
appeals court on Friday (15APR05) on the grounds listeners are unlikely to
believe the words, which at one point claim Eminem's "whole brain fell out".
Bailey, who confesses he bullied the star while at DORT ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
in Michigan, denies he did any genuine damage and feels his privacy has been
invaded by the song.
The panel maintained a decision made in 2003, when judge DEBORAH SERVITTO
even launched into her own rap to make her point.
She said, "The lyrics are stories no-one would take as fact / They're an
exaggeration of a childish act."
The singer's lawyer MARY MASSARON ROSS was thrilled with the result,
saying, "The fact that there may have been differences in the precise facts
didn't matter because the gist of the story was true by Bailey's own
Even Bailey's lawyer BYRON NOLEN was not surprised at the ruling.
He admits, "I don't think (the justices) would even look at it to be
honest with you."