Rapper Eminem has asked a judge to dismiss a $1 million (GBP625,000) lawsuit which a former schoolmate filed against him.

The OSCAR-winning hip-hop star, real name MARSHALL MATHERS III, is scheduled to appear on 18 August (03) in Detroit, Michigan's MACOMB COUNTY CIRCUIT COURT to ask Judge DEBORAH SERVITTO to dismiss the case.

DeANGELO BAILEY of Roseville, Michigan, sued Eminem in 2001, claiming the 30-year-old rapper's song BRAIN DAMAGE, which named Bailey as a bully, damaged his reputation and his own ability to launch a music career.

Eminem's lawyer, PETER PEACOCK, filed a motion for dismissal last week (ends01AUG03), claiming Bailey is trying to cash in on his client's fame. Peacock also says the song is true because Bailey beat up Eminem when they were in the fourth and sixth grades at Roseville's DORT ELEMENTARY SCHOOL.

Eminem's mother sued the Roseville school district in 1982, claiming school-day beatings left her son with headaches, nausea and a tendency toward anti-social behaviour. That lawsuit was dismissed.

04/08/2003 21:20