On what would have been Malcolm X's 86th birthday, former Nation of Islam Minister Linward X Cathcart is in the process of filing a $50 million lawsuit today in Newark federal court against Viking Press, Columbia University and the estate of the late professor and author Manning Marable. The suit being filed by Attorney Mark Fury on behalf of his client claims the book is filled with lies and unsubstantiated innuendos. In Marable's book, "Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention," the author suggests Linward Cathcart may have been involved in the murder of Malcolm X or physically supervised the assassination in the Audubon Ballroom in New York City in 1965. Cathcart's reaction?
"Supervise who? I didn't know any of those gentlemen who were later arrested for that crime. I didn't know anybody in that ballroom that day."
Cathcart's attorney Mark Fury says the new 594-page biography has forced his client to fear for his life. "Mr. Manning Marable's family now lives in comfort off of millions of books sold where Mr. Cathcart's family lives in fear because we all know that Malcolm X is one of the most beloved figures in American history. If anybody thought that Mr. Cathcart or anybody was involved in his assassination and didn't get just punishment, it is not unheard of for people to walk up to your front door and do street justice." There has been no response yet from Viking press about the lawsuit...
19 May 2011