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Mariah Carey's Brother Files Emotional Distress Lawsuit Over Singer's Memoir

Mariah Carey, Morgan Carey
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Mariah Carey and brother Morgan Carey photographed backstage at the American Music Awards on Jan. 28, 1991.

Mariah Carrey's brother Morgan Carey is suing his sister claiming his depiction in her memoir The Meaning of Mariah Carey defamed him and caused him intentional infliction of emotional distress. Morgan is also filing suit against Carey's publisher Henry Holt & Co. and its imprint Andy Cohen Books, along with the book's co-author Michaela Angela Davis, according to the 18-page lawsuit filed against the singer March 3 in New York Supreme Court.

Morgan, who lives in Hawaii, said the book falsely portrays him as "physically violent man." Mariah wrote in the book that she had "few memories of a big brother who protected me" and that "[m]ore often, I felt I had to protect myself from him and sometimes I would find myself protecting my mother from him too."

She said that "Morgan had a long history of violence, of being mixed up with shady characters and shady situations, and there was no telling what he might do for money."

In his court papers, Morgan asserts he does not have "a history of violence,” adding also that he has never been convicted of a crime. Morgan also takes issue with the book announcing that he had been "institutionalized,” saying his brief stay at Sagamore Children's Center as a young boy was a private matter.

While Mariah acknowledges in her book that Morgan lent her $5k early on to make her first professional demo, she also said that she has paid him back "five thousand times over." Morgan takes aim at that statement saying it implies that he attempted to extort money from his sister.

In February, Mariah's older sister Alison also sued the singer. Alison filed a $1.25 million dollar lawsuit against her for allegedly causing her immense emotional distress from statements in the memoir. Alison said she was seeking the money for Mariah's "heartless, vicious, vindictive, despicable and totally unnecessary public humiliation" of her in the book, according to her two-page complaint filed Feb.1 in New York Supreme Court.

Alison, who is representing herself, said in her court papers that in the chapter titled "Dandelion Tea,” Mariah made serious allegations against her character. In the book, the star accuses her older sister of giving her Valium when she was 12, trying to "pimp her out" and of throwing a cup of boiling hot tea on her, causing third-degree burns. Alison disputes these allegations. She accuses Mariah of using her book to "humiliate and embarrass" her. Alison says the "outrageous" allegations have been repeated and published around the world.

A rep for Mariah declined to comment.