Mother of rapper Wiz Khalifa files defamation suit in Washington County Court

August 7, 2017
This February 2012 photo shows Wiz Khalifa and Amber Rose at the 54th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles. - Associated Press

The mother of rapper Wiz Khalifa filed a defamation suit in Washington County Court exactly two weeks after her son’s ex-wife, Amber Rose Levonchuck, allegedly made a profanity-laced phone call to a third party, launching a tirade against her former mother-in-law and grandmother of the celebrity couple’s son.

An attorney for Katie Wimbush-Polk of Cecil Township, mother of the rapper, claims Levonchuck “impute(d) criminality,” which is “incompatible with her status as a grandmother and her status as a volunteer mentoring at-risk youth,” which require adults to have cleared background checks.

Levonchuck, a resident of Tarzana, Calif., is alleged in the suit to have made a call June 19 to a phone linked to Wimbush-Polk’s account. The person who had the phone that day was a friend and former employee, Danesa Letic, who was in Louisiana, the suit claims.

Letic’s 5-year-old niece actually answered the call, and the suit alleges Levonchuck immediately “launched into a profane attack.” The niece gave the phone to her aunt, who eventually was able to identify herself. According to the suit, even after knowing she was speaking with a third party, the caller alleged Wimbush-Polk had allowed her own child, Dorien, to die and she was unfit to visit or care for Levonchuck’s and Khalifa’s 4-year-old son, Sebastian.

Khalifa’s sibling, Dorien Thomaz, died Feb. 20, 2017, of complications from lymphoma.

Spurring the call was an accusation Wimbush-Polk made a report to California child welfare services, which reportedly visited Levonchuck June 19.

Wimbush-Polk “made no such report at or around that time,” according to her complaint.

In the suit, filed July 3, Wimbush-Polk claimed Levonchuck’s statements were malicious, “tended to harm” her reputation, lowered her in the estimation of the community or deterred others from associating or dealing with her, and disputes the claim she had let Dorien Thomaz die caused her to be humiliated and suffer severe mental anguish.

Wimbush-Polk asked for damages of more than $50,000, including court costs, interest, punitive and other damages.

Levonchuck had not responded to the suit as of early August.

Khalifa, 29, whose given name is Cameron Jibril Thomaz, is a native of Minot, N.D. He grew up in Pittsburgh, where he began his music career.

Barbara S. Miller covers politics, Washington County government and a variety of other topics for the Observer-Reporter. She is a graduate of Washington & Jefferson College, majoring in English and history. Follow her on Twitter @reporterbarb.

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