Some of the controversy surrounding Eminem is finally dying down--at least for now.
A Macomb County, Mich., judge has denied a request by Eminem's mother, Debbie Mathers-Nelson, to reconsider a settlement in the lawsuit that she filed against Eminem alleging that he had defamed her in song lyrics and interviews.
Mathers-Nelson, 46, will receive a $25,000 settlement, although her lawsuit asked for $11 million in damages. She contends, however, that she was pressured into settling for $25,000. According to People magazine, a transcript of a May 9 voicemail message she left for Eminem's attorney, saying she would settle for $25,000, was produced in court.
Macomb County Circuit Judge Mark Switalski denied a motion for reconsideration of the settlement in the lawsuit, saying that the voicemail tape was indisputable and that Mathers-Nelson clearly accepted the terms of the settlement.
"We're very pleased with this," Eminem's attorney Peter Peacock told the Detroit Free Press on Monday.
Dennis Donahey, Eminem's publicist, had no further comment on the settlement.
According to People, Michael Marsalese, Mathers-Nelson attorney, said his client has to decide whether she will take the case to the Michigan Court of Appeals.
In other Eminem-related news, MTV will begin showing next week the new video "Purple Pills" by the rapper's group, D12. The video, however, had to be cleaned up to minimize the song's drug references.
Eminem and the other D12 members did not fight MTV's decision to edit the video because they want their song showcased by the music channel, Donahey said.
"We had a dialogue with the label and they provided us with an acceptable version for our air," MTV spokeswoman Jeannie Kedas told The Associated Press on Tuesday.
"D12 is very happy to get their video on MTV," Donahey said.
MTV is saying that it doesn’t have time for President-elect George W. Bush.
According to the Drudge Report, the cable music channel won’t throw a party to celebrate Bush’s inauguration next week in Washington, D.C., because there simply isn’t enough time to plan before then.
After hosting two consecutive blowouts for the Clinton presidency, can you say snub?
"Because of the extended election outcome, we don't have time to execute and plan the kind of inaugural event we've done in past and what people expect from us," MTV spokeswoman Jeannie Kedas said Tuesday.
'Walker, Texas Ranger' 'WALKER' WALKING AWAY: After eight seasons on the show, Chuck Norris says that he’s walking away from his CBS hit “Walker, Texas Ranger.”
The show, starring Norris as a tough Texas lawman, will officially go off the air in May with a two-hour finale. Norris, 60, says he’s quitting the show to devote more time to film projects and to enjoy more personal time.
"Being the executive producer and the lead doesn't give you much time for a life," Norris said in an interview in Monday's Los Angeles Times.