Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Ciara Files Response to Future’s Motion to Dismiss Defamation Case

future & ciara*Before her marriage this week to Russell Wilson, Ciara’s lawyer, Tanya Mitchell Graham, filed a response to Future‘s motion to dismiss the singer’s $15 million slander case against him. In January, Cici filed a $15 million defamation lawsuit against the rapper, whose real name is Nayvadius Demun Wilburn, for making false and harmful social media “tweets” about her. During a recent deposition, Ms. Mitchell Graham grilled Wilburn about the tweets.

Question: Okay. What about the other three tweets?

Answer: The other three tweets eventually got deleted. But at the time, I think they was left up.

Q: Why is that?

A: I didn’t feel the need at the time to take them down.

Q: Why not? You weren’t aware that it was impacting Ms. Harris… negatively?

A: My frustration wasn’t — it was all meant for Baby Wilburn. It wasn’t nothing to go against her. I never meant any harm towards her name.

In her Complaint, Ciara maintained that Future lost his temper many times when his last-minute demands for parenting time with their son, Future Zahir Wilburn, were denied.

READ RELATED STORY: Future Wants Ciara’s $15M Slander Lawsuit Dismissed

Future also often included his mother and his attorneys in their conversations about parenting time. According to SandraRose.com, the court documents suggests that his anger stems from the fact that he simply can’t control Ciara.

“Evidence demonstrates that it was and remains the Defendant, not Plaintiff, who did not want to co-parent directly without becoming angry or without the assistance of his mother or attorney, Mitchell Graham wrote.”

During the deposition, Future struggled to explain why he falsely implied in a tweet that he was paying Ciara $15K monthly for child support.

“Moreover, Defendant intentionally tweeted the ‘fuckery for 15k a month’ to give the false impression that he was paying Plaintiff $15,000 per month in child support while Plaintiff outright denied him access to the minor child.”

Question: All right. What — what did you mean specifically by the statement? What is the 15K a month, what is that?

Wilburn: 15K a month is for the child support that she’s — uh, I felt like she wanted to request that I was, uh — she felt like she would be granted 15K or better — or more.

Q: All right. So the 15K is child support that you felt like she wanted?

A: That she told me that she wanted.

Q: And how did she tell you that she wanted $15,000 per month?

A: She, uh, told me face to face.

Q: Okay. And when was that?

A: It was, uh — if I’m not mistaken, somewhere around, like, uh — probably like end of 2014 or at the beginning of 2015, somewhere around there.

At one point during the deposition Wilburn said he didn’t care if his social media posts were harmful to Ciara. After the deposition, he voluntarily dismissed his countersuit.

Despite a previous TMZ report that Future was awarded joint custody of their son, court documents note that only a temporary visitation schedule was set back in May. No final decision has been established on child custody.

Click here to read the court documents.

Ny MaGee
Ny MaGee is a screenwriter and freelance reporter from Chicago -- currently living in Los Angeles and covering A-list entertainment for various outlets, including Emmys.com. She has worked for: Miramax, MTV & VH1, The Jim Henson Company, Hallmark Channel, Paramount Pictures, and for iconic indie film producer Roger Corman.

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