Author Cynthia Banks was awarded $75,000 (£46,875) in damages, increased to $83,000 with interest charges, after Tyrese failed to respond to a defamation lawsuit brought at a court in Dallas, Texas in September (15) .

Cynthia filed the suit after the R&B singer accused her of "taking advantage" of his mother Priscilla Murray-Gibson by penning the book Drunk, for 27 Years: A Story of Victory - Her Choice to Live and Not Die.

The writer claimed that the musician's accusations had ruined her reputation.

The 2 Fast 2 Furious star fought to have that judgement quashed and officials at a court in Dallas ruled on Monday (07Dec15) that the initial decision should be overturned, according to editors at TMZ.com.

Drunk, for 27 Years documented Priscilla's long battle with and recovery from alcoholism, and was written in collaboration with members of Priscilla's family.

However, Tyrese did not contribute to the book, and claimed that the author had only convinced his mother to allow her story to be published because she was vulnerable.

"I did what I had to do to protect my mother from this woman who took advantage of her while she was in rehab," Tyrese told TMZ.com at the time of the initial judgement.