Monday, August 07, 2006

Clay's Family is not part of his Job!

"As a so-called `celebrity' I have become used to scurrilous allegations and untruths being made about me and my work. I have always taken the path of not reacting to these matters and have accepted them as, somehow, coming with the 'job' However, I cannot, and will not, stand by when these attacks are made on my family."


Author of Clay Aiken Book Sues Singer
Monday, August 07, 2006

RALEIGH, N.C. — The author of an "unauthorized tribute" to Clay Aiken is suing the "American Idol" singer, claiming he defamed her and conspired to stifle sales of her book.

Jeannie Holleman, 50, says she is a lifelong friend and neighbor of a Raleigh family that were friends with Aiken's mother, Faye Parker, and took her in when Parker and her young son left her abusive husband.

In the lawsuit, filed Friday in Wake County Superior Court, Holleman claims Aiken, his mother and others conspired to defame her and depress sales of her book by denying they knew her, branding her stories as lies and demeaning the book on Aiken fans websites.

Holleman's 2005 book,"Out of the Blue _'Clay'it Forward," incorporates interviews from the McGhee family and her own recollections with stories from Aiken's fans.

The lawsuit seeks at least $260,000 in damages and asks the court to order Aiken to retract the critical comments or endorse the book on his official Web site, to write a positive introduction for the book and to sell the book at his concerts for at least five years.

The lawsuit also claims a bodyguard for Aiken manhandled Holleman at a fundraiser in Hawaii.

A telephone message left Sunday at Parker's home was not returned.

Aiken, in a statement issued by RCA Records, said Monday that he had "instructed my attorneys to not only vigorously dispute the claims that have been made but to also pursue all possible remedies against those involved in the perpetration of these untruths."

That's my Clay!

Clay's third album, A Thousand Different Ways, is due for release Sept. 19. Mark your calendars!

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  1. Anonymous10:17 PM

    Great post Chexxxy!

    I agree with you, sounds like an opportunist to me.

    BTW, she has the book on ebay currently and has sold many books that way. Sounds like it sells but not as much as she likes!

  2. Some people take cheap shots and some people are just cheap.. the author and her attorney personify both.

  3. Anonymous2:33 PM

    All this anxiety for months, and Clay takes care of it just like that. Sure there is still going to be the haters and PH, but now all it is blah,blah,blah. This suit is so much crap, even the media has picked up on it.