Hip-hop superstar Eminem has opted against attending a hearing seeking dismissal of a $1 million (GBP625,000) lawsuit which a former schoolmate filed against him.

The request by the OSCAR-winning rapper, real name MARSHALL MATHERS III, is scheduled for a hearing before Michigan's Macomb County Circuit Judge DEBORAH SERVITTO on 18 August (03).

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

Eminem's lawyer, PETER PEACOCK, has filed a motion for dismissal, saying 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 attended Roseville's DORT ELEMENTARY SCHOOL.

07/08/2003 08:58