Vibe Editor Sues Website for Slandering Wife

February 24, 2011  |  

(AdWeek) — The editor-in-chief of hip hop magazine Vibe wants to hunt down the anonymous author of an online rant who called his wife “an ugly wilderbeast [sic]” and accused him of using his position to steer business to her PR company, according to a recent lawsuit.  The poison pen poster, who goes by the name BETonBlack, also posted a photo of the couple’s child on the Web site.

Vibe editor Jermaine Hall and his wife, Leslie, slapped, an online bulletin board dedicated to music, race, and celebrity gossip, with legal papers demanding the name of the phantom flamer who they say has libeled them.  On November 7, BETonBlack wrote that Leslie Hall “has a business called Iced Media where [Jermaine Hall] has hooked her up with contracts and clients”—an assertion that the couple denies.

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