There seems to be a big divide in Jerry Lee Lewis' family at the moment. A report from the Courthouse News Service on Thursday (September 8) reveals that Jerry Lee sued his son-in-law, Ezekiel Loftin, the day prior.
Jerry Lee is regarded as one of the main pioneers of rock and roll and rockabilly music. His songs such as "Whole Lotta Shakin' Going On" and "Great Ball of Fire" became instant classics, and secured his place as a music legend.
But according to Jerry Lee, his son-in-law has been sharing posts on Facebook in an attempt to destroy the legacy he worked so hard to build. Courthouse News Service states that Jerry Lee, his wife Judith, his daughter Lori, and his son Jerry Lee Lewis III all sued Ezekiel in the Western Tennessee Federal Court over the alleged posts
The four Lewis family members claim that Ezekiel has been posting "untrue and defamatory material" about them, which he allegedly continued to do after receiving a cease-and-desist letter from their family attorney.
In their complaint, the Lewis family states the Ezekiel made claims that Judith has abused Jerry Lee, and that she forced him to marry her. They claim the post read the following:
"I am mad at [Jerry Lee] but I know drugs played a huge part in this. [Judith] was his caregiver and then went into elder abuse and someone handing a man drugs should not be pushing them to the alter in a wheel chair after signing documents saying she would not coerce him into signing any signatures or contracts."
The lawsuit also states that Ezekiel made claims that Judith stole money from Jerry Lee and accused his other daughter and Ezekiel's wife, Phoebe, of taking it. According to the Lewis', he made these claims in a series of posts, which read in part:
"She has convinced Jerry that Phoebe took some retirement money from him when Judith pried a safe out of a wall and took Phoebe's jewelry and cash from her bedroom which belonged to Jerry and Phoebe...The only person who knows what happened to that money is Judith who flies through it like a wildfire and now has sold most of Jerry's valuables and vehicles and is down to selling Tupperware and bottle caps touched by the Killer. Elder Abuse!"
The Lewis family wrote in their complaint that Ezekiel's statements were "extreme, outrageous, and embarrassing." They are asserting claims for libel, infliction of emotional distress, and false light, and are seeking $1 million in punitive damages.
We're sorry to hear that Jerry Lee and his family have to go through something like this right now. Regardless of what's going on in his personal life, Jerry Lee's music stands on its own, and it's some of the best stuff out there! Check out his performance of "Great Balls of Fire" below.
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