Great balls of fire — there’s a family feud exploding among Jerry Lee Lewis’ clan, and it’s spilling into the legal system.
Rock ‘n’ roll legend Lewis — along with his wife Judith, daughter Lori and son Jerry Lee Lewis III — have filed suit against Ezekiel Loftin, the husband of Lewis’ daughter Phoebe.
Lewis and his relatives are suing over “untrue and outrageous” Facebook posts allegedly made by Loftin — and they want $1 million in damages.
“Defendant uses his marriage to Phoebe Lewis to garner fame and notoriety as the son-in-law of musical legend Jerry Lee Lewis, despite having a contentious relationship with the rest of the Lewis family,” the lawsuit, filed in federal court in Tennessee, reads.
The complaint adds that Loftin “has a history of publishing defamatory and libelous material” about the family.
Among the claims that Loftin has made, according to the suit: that Judith has committed “elder abuse” against Jerry Lee Lewis; that Lori and Jerry III are not Lewis’ biological children; and that Lewis has “completely lost any grasp he had on reality” due to “drugs and constant manipulation.”
“The posts referenced above are untrue and outrageous,” the suit claims.
Loftin has not yet responded to TheWrap’s request for comment.
The suit claims that the relatives sent Loftin a cease and desist letter in August 2015, to no avail.
Lewis and his family claim libel, intentional infliction of emotional distress and other counts.
Pamela Chelin contributed to this report.