Motown Records founder Berry Gordy Jr. filed a $ 250 million libel lawsuit against the New York Daily News Thursday for a story that said Gordy had sex with a man who claims he used to work at Motown and was 14 when the event took place.
The story also said Gordy engaged in a menage a trois with one of Motown’s “most famous singers” and a Parisian woman and that he pressed some of his female singers to have abortions.
The story by columnist George Rush quotes Tony Turner, now 42, who says he is writing a book about Gordy.
In a statement, Gordy said that he has “no recollection of ever seeing this man (Turner) except maybe on television. The fact that anyone can walk into a major newspaper and get something damaging published without corroboration is downright frightening.”
In the article, Rush says Gordy’s spokesman Michael Roshkin declined to comment on Turner’s allegations.
In his suit, Gordy says he has “suffered damage to his reputation, shame, mortification and emotional distress” because of the article.
Gordy filed his suit, which names the Daily News, Rush and Turner, in the Superior Court for the State of California. Representing him is Barry Langberg, the same attorney handling Helen Kushnick’s lawsuit against Bill Carter and his book “The Late Shift.”