MOUNT CLEMENS, Mich. (AP) – Eminem and Kim Mathers agreed Monday not to criticize each other in public for the sake of their daughter.

The decision was made following a court hearing in which the 34-year-old rap superstar and his ex-wife agreed that insulting each other could prove harmful to their 11-year-old daughter, Hailie.

Eminem filed a motion in Macomb County Circuit Court earlier this month that sought to prevent Mathers from making “derogatory, disparaging, inflammatory and otherwise negative comments” about him in the media.

Mathers, who has twice married and divorced the rapper, blasted Eminem in recent TV and radio interviews, including one on a Detroit radio station in which she said he was unfaithful and uncaring – and disparaged his sexual prowess.

She attended the hearing and a closed-door meeting beforehand in the chambers of Friend of the Court Referee David Elias. Eminem, whose real name is Marshall Bruce Mathers III, wasn’t in court, but spoke by telephone in Elias’ chambers.

The two sides agreed to the deal, which was announced at the court hearing.

“We’re happy the court was able to bring this matter to a just and equitable resolution,” Eminem’s lawyer, Harvey Hauer, said outside the courtroom.

Michael J. Smith, Mathers’ attorney, said the decision was reached “for the full benefit of the child.”

Smith said Eminem and Mathers have “to attempt to promote a good relationship” and “can’t talk bad about each other to the child.”

However, Smith said the order doesn’t prohibit Eminem from performing songs in which he is critical of his former wife.

Eminem has assailed Mathers with his lyrics.

The couple married in 1999, divorced in 2001, remarried in January 2006 and separated three months later. Their second divorce was finalized in December.

Their daughter, Hailie, was born in 1996.

Eminem has won nine Grammy Awards, including best rap album for “The Slim Shady LP,” “The Marshall Mathers LP” and “The Eminem Show.” He won an Oscar for the song “Lose Yourself” from the hit 2002 film “8 Mile.”



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