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Fantasia’s father sues her publisher for $10 million over her book’s “malicious untruths”

Fantasia Barrino’s father, Joseph, is suing the publisher of her memoir for $10 million. He claims Life is Not a Fairy Tale includes “false, exaggerated, sensational, intentional and malicious untruths.”

The AP reports that those alleged “untruths” include “that he was hostile to the music industry, that he asks his daughter for money when she visits him, that his children’s musical careers were more important than their education.”

Kendall Minter, Joseph Barrino’s attorney, said in a statement, “The unfortunate publication of Fantasia’s life story by Simon & Schuster seeks to capitalize on her American Idol success through disparaging certain members of her family. The lawsuit seeks to redress these wrongs and restore the integrity of the family members.”

Most interestingly, however, is that Fantasia’s father claims Fantasia did not write her own memoir. Instead, “the lawsuit alleges that the singer’s grandmother, Addie Collins, was the ghost writer. Fantasia Barrino was not listed as a defendant,” the AP reports.

Dad of ‘Idol’s’ Barrino Sues Publisher [The AP]

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