MOUNT CLEMENS — The first hearing in the divorce proceedings between rapper Eminem and his wife, Kimberley Mathers, was held behind closed doors Thursday in Macomb Circuit Court.
Eminem, whose legal name is Marshall Mathers, entered court through underground tunnels and secure elevators early Thursday to second-floor courtroom of Court Referee David Elias, who was sitting in for Circuit Court Judge Antonio Viviano.
Kimberley Mathers entered through the court’s main entrance with her lawyer, Michael Smith. Following the status conference, she was escorted out of the building by a Macomb sheriff’s deputy to her Lincoln Navigator. They declined to comment after the nearly hour-long hearing.
A settlement conference is scheduled for Sept. 19.
This is the second divorce proceedings for the couple. Eminem filed for divorce on April 5, just 82 days after walking down the aisle at Rochester’s Meadow Brook Hall.
In May, Kimberley Mathers filed a counter-complaint in Macomb Circuit Court in response to Eminem’s divorce petition. She is asking that she and Eminem share joint legal custody and that she be awarded physical custody of their daughter, Hailie, 10. Additionally, she is asking for financial support.
The original divorce papers filed by Eminem cited the reason for divorce as “a breakdown in the marriage relationship.” Eminem and Kimberley Mathers were first married in June 1999 in St. Joseph, Mo. He filed for divorce in August 2000. The divorce was finalized in October 2001.
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