Not So Naughty Cheerleader Sues Websites, Wins $11 Million Judgement for Slander

No, she didn’t sue BadJocks.

But a Bengals cheerleader by the name of Sarah Jones did sue the guys over at thedirty.com and reportedly won an $11 million judgment against them after they falsely claimed that she had a venereal disease after reportedly having sex with several Cincinnati players. Although it did only list her first name and last initial, the site did post a picture with the story. The strange part? The lawsuit might have been withdrawn if the publisher had responded to any of Ms. Jones lawyers request to remove the posting. Heck, the folks at thedirty.com didn’t even respond to the lawsuit itself and lost by default. Come on guys, you’re bloggers, at least come up with SOME lame excuse!

The operator of the Arizona-based website, Hooman Karamian, who uses the online name “Nik Ritchie,” couldn’t be reached for comment. He was also named as a defendant in the suit.  The Web site lists the disclaimer, “Postings may contain erroneous or inaccurate information. All images are credited to their original location. The owner of this site does not ensure the accuracy of any content presented on TheDirty.com.”

Jones’ attorney, Eric Deters, said his client sued only after the site refused repeated requests to take down the posts. The posts remained on the site Thursday afternoon.  “This California company was brazen,” Deters said. “They didn’t defend it. They didn’t come. They ignored it, what is part of the punitive damage award.”

He said he “absolutely has some hope” he will be able to collect on the judgment. One of the first steps will be to get the judgment certified in a federal court in Arizona, Deters said.  Deters said he was optimistic because the site is operated by a limited liability cooperation that “apparently is doing pretty well.” He said he will also attempt to expose the investors in the LLC during the collection process.

Bengals cheerleader wins $11 million libel award from gossip website (cincinnati.com)

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