A chapter in Mariah Carey's new memoir, The Meaning of Mariah Carey, which describes a troubled relationship between the singer and her elder sibling Alison has led to a claim for damages for emotional distress.

In her memoir, the iconic singer recalls growing up neglected as the child of divorced parents. A chapter in the book is devoted to her relationship with her sister, who is described as both "deeply wounded" and "the most brilliant and broken person I have ever known."

Alison Carey's suit, filed on Monday with the New York County Supreme Court, seeks a minimum of $1.25 million (€1,039,418) for "the infliction of immense emotional distress caused by defendant’s heartless, vicious, vindictive, despicable and totally unnecessary public humiliation of defendant’s already profoundly damaged older sister."

The suit claims that the 50-year-old singer, "callously dismisses plaintiff as her 'ex’ sister. But instead of saying no more than that, the defendant used her book to humiliate and embarrass plaintiff as stories about the memoir appeared in newspapers around the world, on TV and across the Internet, most of them with headlines repeating defendant’s allegations - all of them published without giving plaintiff any opportunity to respond."

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The suit argues that Mariah Carey used "her status as a public figure to attack her penniless sister, generating sensational headlines describing her lurid claims to promote sales of her book. Defendant’s cruel and outrageous allegations have devastated the plaintiff.

"Already struggling with the unspeakable trauma of her childhood and having her own children abandon her, she has become severely depressed and uncharacteristically tearful since the publication of defendant’s book and now struggles, after a long time clean, with alcohol abuse."

The singer's representatives did not immediately respond to a request for comment, reports Variety. Alison Carey declined to comment beyond what is in her court filing.

The document says that Alison, who is eight years older than her sister, posted a settlement offer to the singer’s attorneys on January 8, but got no response.

The Meaning of Mariah Carey debuted at number one on The New York Times’ bestsellers list in early October 2020.

The singer has said in interviews that she is looking toward having the memoir adapted into a feature film or limited series.