New York: As a child, rapper Eminem was a victim of bullying and his mother even sued his school for lack of protection, it has emerged.
According to court papers unveiled by the Smoking Gun website, the torment of the then 9-year-old Marshall Mathers began on Oct. 15, 1981, when he was beset by a bully at the Dort Elementary School who split his lip and knocked the wind out of him.
The bully was identified in the papers as DeAngelo Bailey.
More beatings at the hands of Bailey followed, including one in a restroom that left young Marshall with "sustained injuries to his head, face, back and legs," the papers state.
On a snowy day in January 1982, Bailey nailed the future superstar in the face with a "snowball containing a heavy object or a piece of ice" while they were playing "King of the Hill" before beating him up, the papers state.
Mathers Briggs filed a 10,000-dollar lawsuit claming his son suffered a concussion and a temporary loss of vision, the damage that was eventually dismissed on the grounds of "governmental immunity," the Smoking Gun reported.
But Eminem, 38, got his revenge against Bailey in 1999, through his rap song called ``Brain Damage`` writing him off as a bully, reports the New York Daily News.
"He banged my head against the urinal till he broke my nose/ Soaked my clothes in blood, grabbed me and choked my throat."