Judge Said to Pen a Rap in Eminem Ruling

By | October 19, 2003 at 12:00 AM

A judge has dismissed a defamation lawsuit filed by a former schoolmate of rapper Eminem – and she included a rap of her own to explain the ruling.

In a footnote to the opinion issued Friday, Judge Deborah Servitto added a 10-stanza rhyme, The Macomb Daily reported in Saturday’s editions.

The verse stated, in part: “It is therefore this Court’s ultimate position, that Eminem is entitled to summary disposition.”

DeAngelo Bailey claimed that Eminem slandered him in the song “Brain Damage” from his 1999 disc “The Slim Shady LP.”

The lyrics include: “I was harassed daily by this fat kid named DeAngelo Bailey. An eighth-grader who acted obnoxious, ’cause his father boxes. So every day he’d shove me into the lockers.”

In the judge’s opinion, however, Eminem’s lyrics are “stories no one would take as fact, they’re an exaggeration of a childish act.”

Bailey, 32, had sought $1 million from Eminem, 31, whose real name is Marshall Mathers III.

Bailey’s attorney Byron Nolen said he was surprised at the ruling and its accompanying verse. “I don’t know how the Court of Appeals would look at something like that,” he said.

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