Stevie J Sues Joseline Hernandez For Defamation
Stevie J and Joseline Hernandez’ relationship has hit yet another rocky patch as the New York MC is taking his ex to court and suing her for defamation, TMZ reports.
The Love & Hip Hop Atlanta star is saying that Hernandez made false statements about him to the public and in a report to Georgia’s Division of Family and Children Service claiming he sexually abused his daughter he shares with Mimi Faust. In the allegations, he says she called him a gay man and a devil-worshipper. She also tweeted about the reported molestation. Faust sided with her baby daddy and denied Hernandez’ claims. Stevie obtained a temporary restraining order against Hernandez in the midst of it all.
Stevie and Hernandez were supposedly married in August of 2013, but Stevie revealed on the VH1 program that the couple never officially said “I Do.” And court documents show that Hernandez actually married another man in 1997.
Then there was the baby drama after she revealed this summer that she was pregnant and claimed Stevie was the father, which he has denied.
City Manager files defamation complaint in 7th District Court
Moab City Manager Rebecca Davidson, Tara Smelt and Tayo, Inc., have filed a lawsuit against five people alleging defamation of character, intentional emotional distress, and intentional interference with the economic relationships of Smelt and information technology and communications company Tayo, Inc., of which Smelt is a co-founder. The civil complaint — filed Sept. 16 in Moab’s 7th District Court — alleges that Moab residents Chris Baird, Annie Tueller Payne and Janet Buckingham, as well as Connie McMillan of Kemmerer, Wyoming, and former Moab resident Jim Stiles and his online alternative news blog the Canyon Country Zephyr made “false and defamatory” statements against Davidson, Smelt and Tayo, Inc. The plaintiffs are seeking “foreseeable consequential and punitive damages, in an amount to be determined at [a jury] trial,” according to the complaint.
“In the [city manager] position I know how to let stuff roll off me and I do that pretty well,” Davidson told The Times-Independent. “ … It’s been over a year of this going on. And it seems like every time somebody takes a breath, there’s another group coming out saying other things that aren’t factual. And it’s time to stop.”
The complaint alleges that Davidson and Smelt have been personally damaged, including personal humiliation and damages to their reputations and standing in the community, due to statements and online posts made by the five individuals named in the lawsuit. The complaint alleges that damages to Tayo, Inc. include the inability to obtain employment with Moab city and other potential clients.
When contacted Sept. 20 by The Times-Independent, Stiles, Buckingham and Payne each said they were unaware of the lawsuit and had not been notified that it was filed in court. All three declined to comment on the issue at that time.
Sean Hannity Threatens to Sue CNN for ‘Slander’
Fox News host Sean Hannity has threatened to sue media outlet CNN for negatively covering him, according to The Blaze.
“I would love to sue them for slander when they say, ‘Oh, he wants Hillary [Clinton] on her deathbed and dead,’ when I said just the opposite,” Hannity said on his radio show Thursday. “I know it’s hard to sue when you’re a public figure, pretty much people can call you anything, and I’ve been called pretty much everything. But I’m thinking of suing them. Maybe I’ll get David Boies, my buddy, to do it,” he said.
Hannity’s comments come in the wake of remarks made by CNN’s Brian Stelter to PBS’ “Charlie Rose,” on Wednesday. Stelter called out the conservative media for “floating rumors” on Hillary Clinton’s health.
“These are people who bring up rumors and innuendo about Clinton’s health, and have been doing it for years,” Stelter said, pointing to Hannity, Rush Limbaugh and Alex Jones.
“I’m not saying Hannity or Limbaugh fit into these necessarily, but some of these figures want her to be sick. They want her to be dying. They want her to be on her death bed.”
This isn’t the first time Stelter has gone after the Fox host. Earlier this summer, Stelter accused the staunch Donald Trump supporter of peddling conspiracy theories about the Democratic presidential nominee.
In another instance, Stelter went after Hannity, saying the conservative talker “is not a journalist.”
“Last time I checked, Fox still has the word ‘news’ in its name,” Stelter said. Hannity immediately responded by calling Stelter a “little pipsqueak” whose show, “Reliable Sources,” is “sort of like the Media Matters show.”
Hannity was also sharply critical of Stelter and CNN’s Trump coverage on a summer appearance on “Fox & Friends.”
Quake-hit Italian town sues Charlie Hebdo for ‘defamation’
Rome: The Italian town of Amatrice, hit by a deadly earthquake last month, is pursuing legal action against the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo for defamation over a series of cartoons about the tragedy.
An earthquake last month killed at least 292 people in Amatrice, home to a famous tomato sauce “amatriciana”. The complaint was based on cartoons published by the magazine after the quake.
One cartoon, titled “Earthquake, Italian Style”, depicted quake victims as sauce-splattered survivors, and layers of Lasagna with blood and feet emerging from it. (right top)
The cartoon immediately sparked outcry among Italians and prompted the French embassy in Rome to issue a statement saying the drawing “in no way represents France’s position”.
The publication then replied with a follow-up toon suggesting the mafia was to blame, saying, “it’s not Charlie Hebdo who built your homes, it’s the mafia!” (right bottom)
Former Fairfax journalist Natalie O’Brien loses defamation case against ABC
Former Fairfax journalist Natalie O’Brien has lost a defamation case against the ABC over a Media Watch broadcast criticising her articles on the alleged discovery of toxic substances near a playground in Sydney’s eastern suburbs.
O’Brien took legal action against the ABC in 2013 after Media Watch criticised two articles she wrote for the Sun-Herald about the alleged discovery of toxic substances “well above” health limits near the Orica industrial site in Hillsdale in Sydney.
Host Paul Barry alleged in the July 2013 broadcast that “the central claims of Natalie O’Brien’s story are just wrong” and took aim at two commercial TV outlets for picking up the reports.
In a judgment delivered on Thursday, Justice Lucy McCallum found for the ABC on the basis the broadcast was defensible as fair comment on a matter of public interest or honest opinion.
She said the broadcast provided “a textbook illustration of the operation of the defence of fair comment”.
“The tone of the programme is the tone of critique,” Justice McCallum said.
“With great respect to Mr Barry, his manner of presentation is, dare I say, opinionated.”
Justice McCallum said she was “persuaded to the unhappy conclusion” that O’Brien had acted irresponsibly in failing to consult independent and qualified experts before making the claims in the reports.
“I reach that conclusion with some regret because I have little doubt that Ms O’Brien believed she was being given reliable information by a person experienced in this field,” Justice McCallum said.
Katie Couric Faces $12 Million Defamation Lawsuit For ‘Misleading’ Edits In Gun Control Film
Virginians Citizens Defense League (VCDL) has filed a $12 million defamation lawsuit against Katie Couric and director Stephanie Soechtig for their role in the “misleading” edits that made VCDL members appear stumped by Couric’s gun control questions in her documentary Under the Gun.
Breitbart News previously reported that an eight-second pause was inserted in the film between the end of Couric’s question about gun control and the responses offered by VCDL members. The pause made the VCDL members look like Couric had baffled them with her gun control insight. In truth, the VCDL members had answered Couric immediately.
Raw audio obtained by the Washington Free Beacon proved the immediacy of the VCDL’s answers, but once the edits were made, the film portrayed the members as speechless:
Couric later apologized for the “misleading” edits.
CBS 6 now reports that the VCDL has filed a defamation suit. VCDL president Philip Van Cleave said:
“We were horrified to see how Couric and her team manipulated us and the video footage to make us look like fools who didn’t stand up for the Second Amendment. We want to set the record straight and hold them accountable for what they’ve done. You shouldn’t intentionally misrepresent someone’s views just because you disagree with them.”
Austin Children’s Dentistry suing forensic dentist for defamation
AUSTIN (KXAN) – After the death of a 14-month-old girl following a visit to an Austin Children’s Dentistry location earlier this year, the company is now suing the author of a critical report and stating that new reviews show the girl’s treatment was “dentally necessary.”
The autopsy report, released by the Travis County Medical Examiner’s Office in July, ruled that anesthesia caused the death of Daisy Lynn Torres. There was an anesthesiologist on-site during Daisy Lynn’s appointment, according to a 911 recording and a spokesperson from Austin Children’s Dentistry. However, what as at issue in the lawsuit is a portion of the autopsy including a report from a forensic dental examiner, Dr. Robert Williams. The report questioned why 14-month-old Daisy Lynn Torres was having a dental procedure before she died. The report prompted Austin Children’s Dentistry to suspend the child’s dentist.
Now, the dental office is questioning the forensic report and accusing the forensic dentist of libel, defamation, and business disparagement in lawsuit filed this week in Travis County District Court.
The lawsuit also provides a look into the actions of Austin Children’s Dentistry after the release of the report. The lawsuit states that the dental office launched an internal review finding that the treatment for Daisy Lynn Torres was “dentally necessary, was appropriate and was provided in response to the initiating concerns that were appropriately raised by the minor patients parents.” It also states that dental records and x-rays should never have lead to the statements in Dr. Williams’ report.
“ln addition to internal reviews, ACD sponsored independent expert reviews by national experts to review the patient records and radiographs taken of [dentist Dr. Michael Melanson’s] treatment of the patient and to assess the concerns expressed in Dr. Williams’ odontology report,” the lawsuit states. “The expert reviews concluded that the clear dental necessity for Dr. Melanson’s treatment was obvious and supported in the record entries and radiographs that were not even noted or referred to by Dr. Williams in the short and brief conclusions contained in his report.”
Former Manatee High football coach Joe Kinnan sues school board, former officials
BRADENTON – Former Manatee High football coach Joe Kinnan has filed a lawsuit against the Manatee County School Board and former officials, claiming libel and slander.
“The School District is aware that an action was filed, but the School District has not yet been served,” school district general counsel Mitchell Teitelbaum said in a statement. “The legal pleadings will be analyzed for further action to be taken on behalf and in defense of the school district.”
The lawsuit, which was filed Tuesday in Manatee, names former superintendent Rick Mills and former school district investigator Troy Pumphrey as defendants in the suit, as well as the school district. Kinnan’s wife, Linda Kinnan, is also listed as a plaintiff.
In July 2014, Kinnan announced that he was taking medical leave of absence but then retired in August 2014.
His final season with the team was in 2013. He retired from the school district in August 2014 after claiming district officials were retaliating against him and in 2015, Kinnan became an assistant football coach job at the University of South Florida.
Reached Wednesday, Kinnan declined to comment, saying he was referring all media requests to his lawyers. Kinnan is being represented by the Romano Law Group, out of Lake Worth. The law firm also represented former Manatee High School principal Bob Gagnon in his lawsuit against the district.
John Romano, the lawyer, did not immediately return a request for comment.
Amber Heard Drops Defamation Suit Against Johnny Depp’s Friend Doug Stanhope
Amber Heard has dropped her lawsuit against Johnny Depp’s friend Doug Stanhope.
Heard filed a defamation lawsuit against the comedian in June after he accused her of blackmailing Depp and lying about the actor’s alleged domestic abuse in an article posted to his website, and later published by TheWrap.com.
Now, just three weeks after Heard and Depp reached a settlement in their divorce, PEOPLE confirms that the actress has dropped the defamation suit against Stanhope.
Stanhope’s attorney, David S. Gringas, tells PEOPLE that Heard and his client did not reach any agreement to settle the case. Furthermore, Gringas says that no money was exchanged between Heard and Stanhope, and that there is no confidential agreement between them. Gringas adds that he has not been in contact with Stanhope since the lawsuit was dropped, and says that given the comedian’s busy schedule, “I’d be surprised if he even knows anything about the conclusion of the case.”
According to the attorney, the dismissal “was negotiated as part of a larger deal between Ms. Heard and her ex-husband, Johnny Depp. Doug Stanhope is one of Johnny Depp’s closest friends, and it appears that Johnny was able to convince Amber to drop the lawsuit against Doug as part of a global resolution of their divorce.”
Gringas also notes that the case was dismissed without prejudice, meaning that Heard could re-file the lawsuit within one year of the date that Stanhope’s article was first published. “As far as we know, Ms. Heard has no plans to re-file the case against Mr. Stanhope, but that option remains available to her,” he explains.
In her initial court filing, Heard claimed that Stanhope “orchestrated a plot to write an article, which was published at TheWrap.com, which falsely accuses plaintiff Amber Heard of ‘blackmail’ and other criminal behavior towards her husband, Johnny Depp, from whom she is seeking a divorce.”
Jordan Williams and Colin Craig defamation case begins
Taxpayers’ Union executive director Jordan Williams’ defamation case against former Conservative Party leader Colin Craig has begun in the High Court at Auckland.
The case involves various claims made by Mr Craig and alleges “a campaign of defamatory lies” against Mr Williams and others, which were made at a media conference in July last year and in a leaflet distributed to more than 1.6 million letterboxes.
The remarks and leaflet addressed, in part, allegations involving alleged sexual harassment by Mr Craig of his former press secretary Rachel MacGregor and that he paid her to keep her quiet.
The leaflet, titled Dirty Politics and Hidden Agendas, contained claims of what Mr Craig saw as the “strategy” to remove him as leader of the Conservative Party.
The jury trial, which is being heard before Justice Sarah Katz, could take up to take five weeks.