Motown founder Berry Gordy and author J. Randy Taraborrelli reached an out-of-court settlement Tuesday, with the author agreeing to delete passages from a 1991 book that the music pioneer claimed libeled him.
There was no monetary settlement.
The book, “Michael Jackson: The Magic and The Madness,” published by Carol Publishing, contained four specific references that Gordy claimed were offensive and injured his reputation. Gordy filed a $ 100 mllion lawsuit in L.A. Superior Court last year seeking punitive damages and requesting the passages be removed.
Taraborrelli initially refused, with both sides trading barbs in the press during hastily called press conferences. The author claimed the comments were backed by substantial research and were true.
Gordy’s lawsuit did not affect distribution of the book, which continued to be sold. The settlement calls for the allegedly offensive passages to be deleted from all future printings of the unauthorized biography.