Michael Jordan Files To Have Paternity Lawsuit Dismissed
By Chuck Sudo in News on Mar 4, 2013 4:45PM
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Michael Jordan has filed a motion in Fulton County, Georgia Monday asking that a paternity lawsuit filed against him be dismissed. Pamela Smith filed the lawsuit Feb. 6 claiming the Bulls Hall of Famer is the father of her son, Grant Pierce Jay Jordan “Taj” Reynolds. Jordan’s lawyer John Mayoue said in the document, released to media via Jordan’s publicist:
"Public records show that the paternity of the child was established in a prior case in this same court many years ago and that Michael Jordan is not the father. He also filed a counterclaim seeking sanctions for the false claims made against him. It is unfortunate that well-known figures are the target of these kind of claims. Michael Jordan will vigorously defend himself and his reputation."
Smith’s lawsuit seeks child support and medical expenses from Jordan, requested a name change for her son to “Jordan” and asked that any hearing or trial be conducted behind closed doors to protect the teen’s privacy. That last demand is more than a bit ironic, since Taj Reynolds took to YouTube in December to claim that Jordan is his father.
Smith’s publicist, April Love, said her client “had no choice but to support her son and his desire to forge a relationship with his father." Smith has no attorney, according to court filings. A hearing is scheduled for March 12.