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Beyonce's father sues Rupert Murdoch's Sun for defamation

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By Tim Kenneally

LOS ANGELES (TheWrap.com) - Matthew Knowles, father and former manager of music superstar Beyonce Knowles, has filed suit against the Sun, claiming that Rupert Murdoch's British tabloid made "malicious and false statements" in an article about him.

The suit claims that Knowles consented to an interview with reporter Georgina Dickinson on the condition that he would not "discuss personal family topics, only his career and the career of his artists, and music or business topics." Dickinson promised that her article would "paint a well-rounded picture of Mr. Knowles, both as a loving family man and force to be reckoned with in the music world."

However, according to the suit, the story published in the Sun contains multiple falsehoods, including the claim that Knowles had suffered a "bitter rift with his famous daughter - admitting he is devastated at being pushed out of her life."

Knowles' suit states that the article also claims that he "has reportedly not yet met Blue Ivy," despite photographic evidence to the contrary.

TheWrap has reached out to Murdoch's News Corporation for comment.

Knowles' suit claims that, when he confronted Dickinson about the assertions in the article, she could "only apologize that someone in London, not me" changed the story, and sent him the story as she submitted to the paper.

The difference between the filed story and the published story, the suit claims, "is stark."

On top of it all, the complaint, filed in U.S. District Court in Texas on Tuesday, claims that Knowles was promised payment for the interview in exchange for pass on future interviews with U.K. publishers, but "the promised payment, however, was never made."

Alleging defamation and breach of contract, Knowles is seeking unspecified damages.

(Pamela Chelin contributed to this report)

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