Rapper, Ex-Wife Call Public Truce

By: Associated press
By: Associated press

Award-winning rap superstar Eminem and ex-wife Kim Mathers agreed Monday not to criticize each other in public.

The decision to make nice was made following a court hearing in which the on-again, off-again couple agreed that insulting each other through the media could prove harmful to their 11-year-old daughter, Hailie.

The hearing was held because the Grammy- and Oscar-winning performer filed a motion earlier this month in Macomb County Circuit Court that sought to prevent Kim Mathers from making "derogatory, disparaging, inflammatory and otherwise negative comments" about him.

Kim Mathers blasted her ex-husband in recent television and radio interviews, including one on a Detroit radio station in which she said he was unfaithful and uncaring and disparaged his sexual prowess.

She attended Monday's hearing as well as a closed-door meeting beforehand in the chambers of Friend of the Court Referee David Elias. Eminem, whose real name is Marshall Bruce Mathers III, was not in court, but spoke via telephone in Elias' chambers.

The two sides agreed to the deal, and it was announced at the court hearing.

"We're happy the court was able to bring this matter to a just and equitable resolution," Eminem's lawyer, Harvey Hauer, said outside the courtroom.

Michael J. Smith, Kim Mathers' attorney, said the decision was reached "for the full benefit of the child."

During the past decade, the pair has become one of Detroit's most talked-about couples. They have struggled with substance abuse and have had run-ins with the law.

They had Hailie in 1996, married in 1999, divorced in 2001, remarried in January 2006 and separated three months later. Their second divorce was finalized in December.


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