Remember a couple of months ago when Vibe broke a story on Angela Stanton, Phaedra’s supposed old buddy who exposed their criminal past making fraudulent checks and flipping cars back in the day? Well Phaedra’s not having it. She just filed a lawsuit against Vibe magazine for $30 million dollars for publishing the story. She’s seeking $5 million in compensatory damages and $25 million in punitive damages, attorney fees, and a published retraction.
In documents from the Courthouse News Service, Phaedra claims that Vibe.com “had actual knowledge that the accusations against plaintiff were false prior to publication”:
Parks claims the defendant published a defamatory article about her on http://www.vibe.com, on March 14, under the headline, “‘Real Housewives of Atlanta’ Star Phaedra Parks Exposed!” She says a similar article an interview were published at uptownmagazine.com, both of which were still online when she filed the complaint Tuesday.
She claims the articles “convey a grossly inaccurate and false impression of Stanton’s relationship with plaintiff,” and “falsely accuse plaintiff of being a crooked attorney who knows how to commit crimes, has committed crimes, and knows how to cover up her criminal activity.”
Parks claims Vibe published all of Stanton’s allegations in the book “Lies of a Real Housewife: Tell the Truth and Shame the Devil.”… the complaint states: “The gist of the book is that plaintiff is a crooked attorney who engages in professional misconduct and a multitude of criminal acts, is false and defamatory.
“The book in its entirety constitutes libel per se in that it imputes criminal activity to plaintiff. …
“Prior to the publication, and evidencing a reckless disregard of truth or falsity, defendant failed and refused to provide plaintiff with an opportunity to respond to the allegations made against her in the articles, interviews, and the book. “Defendant knowingly and purposely avoided and ignored evidence establishing the falsity of the articles, interviews, and the book prior to publishing them. …
“Prior to the publication of the false and defamatory statements, defendant had actual knowledge that the criminal activity alleged by Stanton had occurred many years ago and had been thoroughly investigated by law enforcement authorities with no criminal charges being brought against plaintiff, but with criminal charges being brought against Stanton, which resulted in her incarceration in prison.
“Evidencing a reckless disregard for truth or falsity, defendant published accusations against Plaintiff without conducting even a cursory investigation, which failure constitutes gross negligence.”
Welp, it’s not looking like such a good day for Vibe. Interesting that Phaedra was investigated for the crimes Angela claimed she committed, sounds like somebody might have gotten off…but I didn’t say that.
Do you think Phaedra will win her suit?
Brande Victorian is a blogger and culture writer in New York City. Follower her on Twitter at @be_vic.
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