Platinum-selling pop star Ciara is suing her rapper ex-boyfriend Future to the tune of $15 million, claiming his “venomous tweets” and press statements caused permanent damage to her career.
In her defamation lawsuit filed in Fulton County, Georgia, Ciara claims Future acted with “actual malice” when he described her as calculating and controlling and someone who would use their son for “publicity stunts.”
The exes were engaged in 2013 but broke up a few months after their son was born in May 2014.
The “Love Sex Magic” singer now is dating NFL star Russell Wilson, the quarterback for the Seattle Seahawks.
Ciara claims in her filing that Future acted with “actual malice” when he falsely claimed in a highly publicized Jan. 4 Twitter rant that she blocked his access to their son despite his monthly child support payments of $15,000.
“This b—- got control problems…” one of the tweets said, according to the lawsuit obtained by the Daily News.
“I gotta go through lawyers to see babyfuture…the f—ery for 15k a month,” a follow-up tweet posted within minutes said.
The tweets “were so completely false that defendant had to know the damage he would cause plaintiff,” Ciara claims in her lawsuit.
“Defendant has never paid the plaintiff ‘15k a month’ for child support ever, but he made this statement deliberately to cast the plaintiff in a negative and disparaging light,” the filing states.
Ciara said Future has had ample access to their child and saw him on 19 different occasions over the last 13 months.
“Some of those occasions spanned several days. (Ciara) has gone out of her way to bring the minor child to Georgia to spend time with the defendant,” her filing claims.
“(Ciara) has never withheld the minor child from defendant and has offered numerous dates for visitation that the defendant has declined,” the lawsuit states.
“Plaintiff’s name, professional reputation, reputation as a good mother and brand have been significantly injured,” the lawsuit alleges.
Ciara, whose full name is Ciara Harris, says she asked Future to delete his Jan. 4 tweets and apologize, but he largely ignored her.
He scrubbed the “control problems” tweet on Jan. 6 but left the other up, her lawsuit claims.
She argues Future started harming her back in July 2015 when he allegedly began divulging details about their personal lives in press interviews.
She was particularly hurt by his suggestion during a radio interview with “The Breakfast Club” on Power 105.1 that she staged a paparazzi photo showing Wilson pushing their son in a stroller.
“She probably set him up. You got nannies, you got assistants around you, anybody could’ve pushed that stroller. You letting them catch that photo. I’m not for the publicity stunts. Leave my son out of all the publicity stunts,” Future said in the interview, according to the lawsuit.
Future, whose real name is Nayvadius Wilburn, also told the music magazine XXL that Ciara was “just being evil” to thwart his time in the spotlight, the filing states.
“Defendant’s false and defamatory statements were clearly published with actual malice,” the lawsuit claims.
“(Ciara) is recognized as a pillar in her community as she is extremely active in community service and philanthropy. (Ciara) is also known to be a great mother,” the filing claims.
Attempts to reach reps for Future were not immediately successful Tuesday.
The lawsuit was filed Jan. 21.