Eminem Investigated for Domestic Violence, Cleared
Macomb County police chose not to issue an arrest warrant for Eminem after allegations of domestic violence levied against the superstar rapper by his 13-year-old niece were proven to be without merit. According to The Macomb Daily, the investigation stemmed from an incident that occurred on September 24 in which Eminem, whose real name is Marshall Mathers III, showed up at his niece’s home, took her cell phone and yelled, “I’ll kill you.” The girl, who is a blood niece of Eminem’s estranged wife Kim, is under both Kim and Eminem's legal guardianship. According to the girl, the rapper was angry because she had hung up the phone on him earlier. According to the police report, Mathers showed up at the girl’s home and entered without knocking or ringing the doorbell. The girl then claims that he poked her in the head and raised his hand as if he intended to strike her.
In a report written by Macomb County Police Sgt. Larry King, Mathers says he “tapped her on the side of her head with this finger because she was not paying attention to what he was saying.” The girl's version of the story also quotes him accusing her of trying to break up his and Kim’s relationship, and saying, “You take everything for granted at home. I’m signing shoes for charity, doing this and that, and you’re just a selfish kid.” According to the girl and Kim Mathers’ mother, who was also present, the rapper made the threat to kill her as he left the residence. Kim Mathers was notified of the incident while she was driving home and called the police.
Eminem’s publicist, Dennis Dennehy, released the following statement shortly after the police announced their findings: “After an independent investigation by the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office and a review by the Macomb County Prosecutor’s Office, both have decided that the basis for the complaint was without merit, and the prosecutor has declined to issue any charges. Anybody who is remotely familiar with Marshall’s life knows he is a caring and loving guardian of his niece.”