Cheerleader's Defamation Lawsuit Against Nik Richie: Game On
A federal judge in Kentucky has a set a trial date for the defamation lawsuit a Cincinnatti Bengals cheerleader filed against Scottsdale's own Hooman Karamian, a.k.a. "Nik Richie," of The Dirty (ahem) fame.
U.S. District Judge William Bertelsman set a June 4 trial date for the lawsuit, which claims "Richie" and his "Dirty Army" spread rumors that the cheerleader, Sarah Jones, caught chlamydia from her boyfriend.
In a 2009 post on "Richie's" website, Thedirty.com, a picture of Jones is accompanied with the claim that her ex-boyfriend, "Nate," cheated on her with more than 50 women and tested positive several times for chlamydia and gonorrhea. The author of the post suggests that "Nate" gave the diseases to Jones.
As if a few alleged STDs weren't enough, the post also claims that Jones had sex with "Nate" in her classroom at the Dixie Heights, Kentucky, school she used to work at.
Jones asked "Richie" twice to remove the post. He refused.
The humiliation "Richie" allegedly caused Jones caused her to leave her teaching job in November. She still cheers for the Bengals, and is currently the captain of the team's cheerleading squad.
Jones is seeking unspecified damages.
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