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Was AJ Johnson on Judge Mathis? Who was the plaintiff?

Bruno Cooke September 20, 2021
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Actor and comedian Anthony “AJ” Johnson, whose passing has just been reported, appeared on Judge Mathis earlier this year, as a defendant in a case about rental car fees – his “former friend” Lafeyette Lawson sued him for $1,982.

Fans remember AJ Johnson’s Judge Mathis appearance following news of comedian’s death

News of Anthony “AJ” Johnson’s death just broke. TMZ reports that he was “found lifeless in a store” earlier this month. 

Medical staff pronounced him dead shortly afterwards. However, no cause of death has yet publicly emerged.

The actor and comedian faced Judge Greg Mathis earlier this year, on episode 22128R, as a defendant. Sat next to him on the video conference call was the plaintiff, “former friend” Lafeyette Lawson, who sued Johnson over $1,982 worth of rental car fees.

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When was the episode recorded, and when did it air?

Per the show’s website, the Lawson versus Johnson case – case number 318 – aired on 19 August, 2021. It was recorded on 19 January. 

However, some social media users mention having seen it as early as April, so there would appear to be some discrepancy between the reported air date and the actual air date.

The show is in its 22nd season. 

Born 1960, Gregory Ellis Mathis is a former Michigan 36th District Court judge. He has been the central figure in the reality courtroom show Judge Mathis since September 1999.

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Did AJ Johnson have any health scares, prior to his death?

The Urban Daily reported on 31 July, 2009 that Johnson had suffered a heart attack at LaGuardia Airport, in New York. 

He was on his way to a comedy show. However, before the night was out, he was reportedly “resting comfortably” at Jamaica Hospital in Queens.

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Besides that, there was no indication – at least, no reports – that he was in poor health in the months leading up to his death. As recently as May this year, per his own Instagram feed, he was performing live comedy in New Jersey.

A GoFundMe page, set up earlier today in order to raise money for Johnson’s “homegoing service and ongoing support for his children and grandchildren”, has so far raised $156 of its $20,000 goal.

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Bruno is a novelist, amateur screenwriter and journalist with interests in digital media, storytelling, film and politics. He’s lived in France, China, Sri Lanka and the Philippines, but returned to the UK for a degree (and because of the pandemic) in 2020. His articles have appeared in Groundviews, Forge Press and The Friday Poem, and most are readable on Medium or