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City Settles Defamation Suits Brought by Mother of Mayor’s Child

May 24, 1991

DETROIT (AP) _ The city has settled two defamation lawsuits brought by the mother of Mayor Coleman Young’s only child.

Annivory Calvert, 37, the mother of Young’s 8-year-old son, Joel Loving, is a former Detroit public works administrator. She filed a paternity suit against Young in 1989, shortly before moving to California.

The defamation suits filed later in 1989 claimed Detroit police officials actually were looking into her private life when they claimed they were investigating an insurance fraud case involving Calvert, her sister and a city water department employee.

Calvert said Thursday that the mediator handling the case had recommended a settlement of $60,000 each for herself and her sister. She said they agreed to settlements of $50,000 each last week.

″This wasn’t about the money,″ Calvert said. ″This was about one of the nation’s largest police departments and its highest personnel flagrantly abusing their police power for their personal interests of the moment.″

The water department employee, Michael Thomas, also sued the city, claiming he was defamed when police listed him as the source of their information about the alleged insurance scheme.

Young, 73, whose two marriages ended in divorce and produced no children, refused to comment on the settlements. He settled the paternity suit by agreeing to child support and setting up a college fund for his son.

Calvert selected Loving’s last name to signify that he was conceived from love.

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