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Looks like Papa Beyonce is not a happy man.

According to reports, Matthew Knowles recently filed a defamation civil action suit against The Sun for reporting that he has a troubled relationship with his daughter Beyonce and has yet to meet his granddaughter, Blue Ivy Carter.

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The music manager claims that the British tabloid “knowingly and maliciously misrepresented his relationship with his daughter, Beyoncé, and with his granddaughter in an article from an interview conducted between Knowles and a reporter.”

In the article in question, dated March 24, 2013, The Sun teases the story with the sub-headlines “Former manager talks about family rift for the first time” and “Mathew Knowles has reportedly not yet met Blue Ivy.”

The story also states: “Although he insists the decision to go their separate ways was mutual, Mathew, 61, is hurt that Beyoncé has cut him out of her life.”

Meanwhile, the paper also quotes Knowles in the article as saying, “‘Normally I hate to talk about anything personal, but it would be a lie if I did not say it has been difficult. It was hard for me to let her go—it was hard for both of us to let each other go. And let’s be clear on that. She didn’t let me go, we both let each other go. That’s a big difference.”

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“My daughters and my family mean the world to me,” Knowles said. “The barrage of repeated falsehoods spawned by the British Sun‘s defamatory article has been exhausting and personally damaging to me.”

He added, “No matter how many papers it sells or web hits it generates, The Sun, like any newspaper, needs to maintain a basic level of journalistic integrity.”

According to the lawsuit, Beyonce’s former manager is seeking monetary damages from Rupert Murdoch and The Sun for defamation and breach of contract.


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