Taking a page from the Ben Roethlisberger playbook, Hall of Fame wideout Michael Irvin has responded to the sexual assault lawsuit filed against him by launching a legal attack of his own.
According to CBS 11, Irvin has filed a $100 million lawsuit against the woman. The suit was filed in Dallas, Texas.
In court papers, attorney Larry Friedman claims that the accuser has tortiously interfered with Irvin’s current and prospective business relations, that she has conspired to tortiously interfere with his current and prospective business relations, that she has defamed Irvin, and that she has engaged in extorion of him.
The conspiracy claim is intriguing, given that a conspiracy necessarily requires two or more parties. It’s possible that the other party to the conspiracy is the woman’s lawyer.
The lawsuit doesn’t provide a clear basis for the decision to file suit in Texas, a forum that Irvin surely believes to be more favorable to his interests.
Among other things, the lawsuit claims that Irvin is “a victim of his own success,” which has made him the target of “devious unsuccessful individuals.”