The Exorcism of Mimi

Apr. 9 2008, Published 4:52 a.m. ET

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If you ever run into Tommy Mottola, wesuggest you don’t mention Mimi. A few weeks ago, a visitor to the home ofthe legendary music man, which he shares with his third wife, Mexican chanteuseThalia Sodi, received an unexpected earful after making apassing reference to his second wife Mariah Carey’s comeback.The Emancipation of Mimi, the songbird’s first hit album postGlitter, has sold an impressive million copies since its April 12release. At the mere mention of Mariah, says our source, “Tommywent ballistic! He started yelling, ‘Don’t ever mention that name infront of me again! I don’t want to know about her!’” Once he'd regained his composure, Mottola joked that he had even hired a priest to perform an exorcism of hishome, says our source. If nothing else, the rite has done wonders for Mariah's SoundScan numbers.

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