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CHEERLEADER LIBEL LAWSUIT
Court: Gossip site is immune from Bengals ex-cheerleader's defamation suit over online posts

Reported by: Associated Press
Reported: Monday, June 16, 2014 1:49 PM EDT
CINCINNATI


An appeals court has found that an Arizona-based gossip website is immune from being sued by a former Cincinnati Bengals cheerleader over online posts about her sexual history.

The decision from the Cincinnati-based 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reverses a Kentucky federal judge's decision allowing the lawsuit to proceed.

Former Bengals cheerleader Sarah Jones sued thedirty.com owner Nik Richie in 2012 over anonymously submitted posts about her.

A jury found the posts were substantially false and that Richie had acted with malice or reckless disregard by allowing them to be published. Jones was awarded $338,000.

Jones' attorney says he'll likely appeal.

Internet giants like Google and Facebook have watched the case closely, saying the result had the potential to chill online speech.










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