Reported by Nigel Boys
When Cynthia Banks (pictured left) was asked to write a book detailing the 27 years that Priscilla Murray-Gibson struggled to beat her alcoholism, apparently all her children agreed to contribute to the story. All that is except one, the Grammy nominated R&B singer, songwriter, actor and television producer, Tyrese Gibson.
The book, “Drunk for 27 Years,” which was published in 2009, was the work of Banks after being asked to document an authentic representation of the struggle of the Gibson family during their mother’s fight against the bottle, according to TMZ.
However, after the work was published, Banks claims that 35-year-old Tyrese took it upon himself to ridicule and belittle her work, claiming that she was only looking to make a profit from a family who was struggling to survive.
Consequently Banks filed a lawsuit in Texas against Gibson for defamation of character and she was awarded $75,000 in his absence because he did not respond to counteract the action. That amount has now accumulated interest charges, because Gibson did not pay, and has grown to $83,000.
The actor, who is most famous for his role as Roman Pearce in the “Fast and Furious” series, is now being pursued by Banks in a Los Angeles court to force him to cough up the money.
When TMZ contacted Gibson, he told them that he was simply protecting the honor of his mother. He added that Banks had taken advantage of his mother while she was in rehabilitation for alcohol abuse.
Gibson also told TMZ that he doesn’t intend to give the money hungry author anymore satisfaction by paying the amount she wants because he was never made aware of the initial lawsuit against him.
In an excerpt from Banks book, who is the Owner and Director of The Little Teapot Daycare Center in Fort Worth, Texas, Gibson’s mother reportedly cries out for divine help.
“God in Heaven, please hear my cry. I am an alcoholic and I have become just like my mother,” Priscilla Gibson states. She continues, “If you deliver me from this alcoholic disease I promise I won’t ever take another drink for the rest of my life. I want to live and not die.”
According to Gibson, his mother has been sober for the last 7 years and he and his family are united in their fight to make Banks go away.