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by Barry Burch Jr.
Mr. T, born Laurence Tureaud, has been out of the loop of popular culture for quite some time, but he has not been absent from the court room. A lawsuit was filed against him by a man named Alexander Taylor in June of 2013 for $5.4 million. He claims to be the actor’s abandoned son and says that because he was abandoned by Mr. T, he is emotionally unstable and belongs to a gang, as reported by RadarOnline.com.
Taylor “was born May 25, 1988 to Vanessa Taylor (mother) and Mr. T (father),” according to the lawsuit. It reads, “Mr. T had a responsibility and obligation as a father to help provide Alexander with the basic needs of food, clothing, and shelter.”
Taylor claims his alleged father made the decision to “neglect and abuse” him throughout the course of his childhood.
The argument is made in the lawsuit that, “Perhaps things would be different if Alexander did not know his father.” Mr. T allegedly spent a great deal of time with Taylor in his early life. One example mentioned was the fact that Mr. T would take the boy to preschool regularly.
“At the time Alexander was unaware that his father was famous, he was just a proud little boy… Then all of a sudden Mr. T walked out of Alexander’s life and never looked back,” the documents read.
Taylor is further alleging that his father did not want to be a part of his life because “he did not fit into Mr. T’s public image.”
This led to a rough transition from childhood to adulthood, according to Taylor. Not only was he suspended many times from school, but he was also sent to juvenile hall and has become a member of a gang.
The lawsuit continues, “Mr. T’s emotional child abuse has caused emotional distress resulting in more serious psychological and behavioral problems. These include depression, lack of attachment or emotional bond to family and friends, low cognitive ability and poor social skills.”
It would seem that with all Taylor is alleging and the large amount of money he is seeking that he would at least get around to paying his $400 filing and administrative fees for the continuation of the lawsuit; however, this is not what happened. A California courthouse dismissed the lawsuit on August 28, 2013 citing that Taylor did indeed fail to pay the required fees.
Barry is an award-winning writer and political scientist. His business, “Barry Writes,” provides biographies, speeches, press releases and so forth to individuals and businesses in need of potent and compelling literature. Reach him @ Facebook.com/barrywrites and Twitter.com/barryburchjr
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