(CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — The Source magazine has issued a press release stating that Eminem pulled his lawsuit against the publication last week. The claimed his reason was to avoid taking the stand in defense of his racist lyrics.
According to the press release, the rapper withdrew the suit only two weeks before he was slated to take the stand to answer questions about songs in which he reported used various racial slurs against black people. The magazine said this was just a “cowardly” move to avoid having to take the stand.
The magazine had released songs purportedly by a 16-year-old Eminem that includes the racial slurs about African-American women on a CD insert in its February 2004 issue. The magazine claims that he was 20- or 21-years-old when the songs were recorded.
The suit, filed in December of 2003, cited The Source for copyright infringement.
Both sides are claiming victory in the case, however, with the Eminem camp refuting the claim that he backed down to avoid defending himself.
“There is nothing left to win,” Eminem attorney Donald David said to the New York Daily News. “The judge already decided we have the copyright, and he awarded us $131,000 in sanctions. So the case has no purpose anymore.” –by CelebrityAccess Staff Writers