Judge Mathis Discusses What Ashanti Can Do In Response To Irv Gotti’s Remarks
Recent comments made by Irv Gotti regarding his former musical partnership with Ashanti have generated much online debate. In New York City, TMZ spoke with renowned TV judge Greg Mathis to get his take on the Gotti-Ashanti case. Mathis gave a resounding yes when asked if the Grammy-winning singer should seek a gag order in response to Gotti’s ongoing alleged sex-related remarks.
She should, at the very least, send a cease and desist letter if she thinks she is being defamed, in the hopes that the person or people responsible will do the right thing and stop. For the simple reason that obeying a cease and desist order means just following the rules.” As he elaborated, As a result, “I think you should do that first.” A simple “cease and desist” letter should do the trick.”
The judge said he has no idea if Gotti’s claims are true or what was said, but that Ashanti should sue if she feels she has been defamed. “I’ll admit that some of what [Gotti] said is unflattering. And don’t worry, I won’t be spreading it further.”
As Judge Mathis pointed out, he routinely hears cases like this one. “I always tell the parties involved in a lawsuit that there must be intent to harm one’s reputation, that the harm is directed at third parties, and that the harm be actual in order for a lawsuit to be filed. The issue then lies therein. Does it help or hurt your reputation, as our youth seem to think it does in today’s culture?”
Mathis’s response follows Irv Gotti, CEO of Murda Inc. and a music industry executive, confessing in a Drink Champs interview that he fell in love with Ashanti before he found out she was dating Nelly. When Ashanti’s 2002 single “Happy” became a huge hit, he said he and the singer had a sexual encounter.