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Legal troubles 1

The year 1999 was marked by a rise to celebrity status for Marshall,
but it also ushered the beginning of his numerous legal troubles. The
first of these was his mother Debbie's lawsuit against him in
September of that year. The lawsuit was motivated by comments on
Debbie's drug use made by Marshall on the song "My Name Is" (The Slim
Shady LP, 1999), specifically the lyric "Ninety-nine percent of my
life I was lied to/I just found out my mom does more dope than I do",
and similar accusations in numerous interviews. Debbie refuted the
statements and demanded more than $10 million in damages for
defamation in two lawsuits. After rumors of Debbie dropping the suit,
she and Marshall reached a settlement in 2001 for $25,000, with over
$23,000 of it going to Debbie's former attorney Fred Gibson by a court
order.[4] A request for reconsideration of the settlement by Debbie
was denied by a judge.[5] Marshall's resentful reflections on the case
can be heard on the song "Marshall Mathers" (The Marshall Mathers LP,
2000) in the lyrics "my fuckin' bitch mom is suing for 10 million/ she
must want a dollar for every pill I've been stealin'" and the
self-censored line "your attorney Fred Gibson's a faggot".

With Marshall's rise to stardom, new disputes arose between him and
his wife, centered around Kim's dissatisfaction over the graphic
fictional account of Marshall murdering her and dumping her body in a
lake in the songs "'97 Bonnie & Clyde" (The Slim Shady LP, 1999) and
"Kim" (The Marshall Mathers LP, 2000). The tension between the couple
came to a climax when Marshall witnessed Kim kissing another man, one
John Guerrera, outside the Hot Rocks Café in Warren on June 4, 2000.
Highly disgruntled, Marshall threatened John with an unloaded 9 mm
semi-automatic gun and allegedly proceeded to pistol-whip him.[6]
Guerrera is mentioned in "Sing For The Moment" on The Eminem Show,
with the exact lyric being "you're full of shit too, Guerrera, that
was a...


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