There are two sides to every story and - as customary - we will address the more salacious version first.
Saul Hillel Benjamin, who is the ex-headmaster of a Christian school founded by Sparks in 2006, has filed a lawsuit against the author on account of him being "a homophobic, anti-Semitic racist who ironically also disrespects Alzheimer's patients."
The lawsuit, which TMZ got their mitts on, claims that Benjamin states he was concerned over the almost complete lack of African Americans enrolled in the school. Apparently out of 514 students only 2 were black. In response to the headmaster's complaint, Sparks allegedly retorted: "Black students are too poor and can't do the academic work." Generalising just a week bit there.
Benjamin also alleges that Sparks made him address the entire school about his Jewish heritage, which resulted in the students (and their parents) "hurling insults" at him while the board of staff "applauded."
It doesn't en there. The ex-headmaster also claims that Sparks overlooked reports of homophobic bullying by gay students, while allegedly lending his support to a "student group that wanted to enact a homo-caust."
As for the irony involving the disrespecting of Alzheimer patients; for those who've managed to avoid watching The Notebook, it involves a couple and how their love eclipses the disease. Benjamin claims when he was fired, Sparks told people to "ignore Benjamin's claims because he was suffering from Alzheimer's."
Now, to the other - rather shorter - side of the story. Sparks' lawyer Scott Schwimmer has since released this statement to TMZ: "As a gay, Jewish man who has represented Nick for almost 20 years I find these allegations completely ludicrous and offensive." Another lawyer representing Sparks in this case added: "We deny these allegations."