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Stepfather Files Suit Against Pop Songstress

January 22, 1992

NEW YORK (AP) _ Mariah Carey’s stepfather has sued the pop singer, saying he paid for her car, apartment and dental work but she backed out of a deal to repay him after she hit it big.

Joseph Vian of Lake Hiawatha, N.J., is seeking a unspecified share of the more than $1 million he claims Miss Carey earned since the release of her successful 1990 debut album.

Miss Carey’s attorney, Peter Parcher, called the suit ″totally without merit.″

In papers filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court, Vian said he encouraged and emotionally supported the budding star as she pursued her career. He said he gave her money for a car and a Manhattan apartment and paid for dental work.

But instead of fulfilling a promise that he would share in her financial success, Vian charged Miss Carey ″actively sought to break up the marriage″ between him and her mother, Patricia Carey.

They are now separated and Mrs. Carey has filed for divorce, according to the lawsuit.

Vian said he has been forced to see a psychiatrist because of his depression over the matter and ″has been unable to enjoy normal sexual relations or casual relations with women.″

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