Sarah Jones wins $338,000 from website for defamation

AP

Months after a jury deadlocked on the question of whether a website defamed her, a new jury heard former Bengals cheerleader Sarah Jones’ case against thedirty.com, found in her favor, and awarded her $338,000 in damages.

According to the Associated Press, the jury found that 2009 postings on thedirty.com about Jones were “substantially false,” and that site proprietor Nik Richie “acted with malice or reckless disregard in posting anonymous submissions.”

The website has appeal rights, and it would be a surprised if they aren’t utilized.

After, and unrelated, to the posts made at the website, Jones pleaded guilty to having sex with a student while she was working as a high school teacher.

The jury deliberated nearly six hours on Wednesday before returning to court Thursday and reaching a unanimous verdict.

38 responses to “Sarah Jones wins $338,000 from website for defamation

  1. That is not a lot of money considering the damage to her reputation. The lawyer is probably getting at least 200k…

  2. Comparing that picture to her mugshot, she must put on her makeup with a trowel…

    (please don’t sue me, Sarah…)

  3. Calling your site “thedirty” – maybe not a big help when you could be sued for the stuff you post…

  4. I hope Ray Lewis is reading this. He could really clean up going after all the trolls who falsely accused him of being a murderer.

  5. Probably should give a portion to the student she raped er slept with….how can someone who sleeps with a minor claim defamation didn’t she do enough to defame herself

  6. Good, now time to crack down on all of the other websites and reporters that make money off of the garbage they put out there. There should be a zero tolerance policy for that kind of crap.

  7. As someone who knows a couple professional cheerleaders, I can advise you mouth breathers that the reasoning behind the heavy makeup is their features need to be seen from quite a distance while cheering on the field. Close up shots are the closest most of you will get tho.

  8. Joemontanaflacco says:

    I hope Ray Lewis is reading this. He could really clean up going after all the trolls who falsely accused him of being a murderer.

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    Lewis lied to cops, hid or destroyed his bloodstained white suit, then pleaded down from murder charges in exchange for testifying against his friends, and later reached out-of-court monetary settlements with the families of the victims.

    Yeah, Im sure he’s iching to ‘clean up’ against ‘the trolls’.

    Where’s the white suit, Ray?

  9. That hoser should turn it over to the kid’s family. That is the problem with legal system. Money confiscated off one party and given to an undeserving party. Crazy.

  10. Rick Spielman is a Magician says:
    Jul 11, 2013 3:57 PM
    Ironically, they could have just written the truth about her and it would have been more scandalous than the made-up stuff.

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    “Truth is stranger than fiction.”

    Lavender Larry toads know this from experience. Living in MN is much stranger than the fiction they want you to believe about life in the Land of 10k Trailer Park Cesspools.

  11. My question is this….who posted the material? If it were the site’s proprietor, then she wins. If it were someone else who just posted it to a host site, she loses. If any of you are familiar with Ripoff Report, (site where people go to bash contractors), there is law that holds the site is not liable for postings by outsiders. Host site, not liable.

  12. And come on…None of you guys out there calling her a rapist would have had to be forced to sleep with an NFL cheerleader when you were seniors in high school.

  13. This is coming down to a first amendment issue. One can find it difficult that you can hold a site (which is a public forum) for defamation. However, in Hyde Park in London, the speaker’s corner is used for any discussion or comment. However there are police on site available to insure that it is lawful only. Regarding the Ripoff Report- the problem is there was a economic interchange between contractor and person using the services-similar to say customer reviews. Not so here with the Jones case. A juror could perceive the comments as malicious.

  14. why isnt this bimbo in prison right now? typical double standards in the legal system yet again.

  15. I believe she is either engaged or now married to this “kid.” Her rep is gone but they still got a little for the trouble they created.

  16. How on Earth could it be “defamation” if it’s TRUE?????

    The site said she had sex with a student, and she plead guilty to having sex with a student …… are American juries really THAT screwed up????

  17. pinion8ted says: Jul 11, 2013 8:09 PM

    The site said she had sex with a student, and she plead guilty to having sex with a student…”

    Actually, no…The site accused her of sleeping with every player on the Bengals, and made snide comments about her supposedly having STDs…And all of this occurred BEFORE she committed a MISDEMEANOR by sleeping with a HS senior, whom she is now engaged to (the poor kid)…Far as I’m concerned, the monetary award she got should have been larger.

  18. Actually, no…The site accused her of sleeping with every player on the Bengals, and made snide comments about her supposedly having STDs…And all of this occurred BEFORE she committed a MISDEMEANOR by sleeping with a HS senior, whom she is now engaged to (the poor kid)…Far as I’m concerned, the monetary award she got should have been larger.
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    She WAS accused on thedirty of having a sexual relationship with an underaged student before she was charged with statutory rape. Every major news network aired a piece on this way before her arrest.

  19. The pros have no taken over the NFL, THEY ARE AFTER THE BIG BUCKS, LOVER AND MARRAIGE ARE SECONDARY.hOW COULD THE LIVES OF ALL THE FOOTBALL CHEELEADRS NOT BELOADED WITH UNSAVORY MANEY SEKING LOVIES?

  20. @timocracy13:

    She was suing over comments posted in 2007, long before her actions with Cody York…And if the website posted stuff about her ‘crime’ before she was even charged with one, thereby spitting on the concept of ‘innocent until proven guilty,’ then that’s also wrong.

    Bottom line is, sites like thedirty.com, TMZ, and the ones hosted by scumbags like Perez Hilton all operate with impunity, and I for one am glad to see someone fight back successfully.

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