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Sarah Jones wins $338,000 from website for defamation

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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.

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38 Responses to “Sarah Jones wins $338,000 from website for defamation”
  1. thegreatgabbert says: Jul 11, 2013 3:16 PM

    She only wishes she could have gotten the money while she was still young enough to enjoy it.

  2. bennyb82 says: Jul 11, 2013 3:20 PM

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

  3. larryboodry says: Jul 11, 2013 3:21 PM

    Good for her…Hope the website goes broke after paying her.

  4. kahnsbushymustache says: Jul 11, 2013 3:22 PM

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

    (please don’t sue me, Sarah…)

  5. grogansneck says: Jul 11, 2013 3:23 PM

    So she gets thedirty money.

  6. deltaoracle says: Jul 11, 2013 3:26 PM

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

  7. Joemontanaflacco says: Jul 11, 2013 3:30 PM

    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.

  8. nyyjetsknicks says: Jul 11, 2013 3:33 PM

    That’s what passes off for a cheerleader in Cincinnati? Wow

  9. bucrightoff says: Jul 11, 2013 3:33 PM

    One of, if not the single most unflattering pictures I’ve seen. Its like a cross between Joan Rivers and Linda McMahon.

  10. nflofficeadmin says: Jul 11, 2013 3:36 PM

    Good for her. If you don’t stand up for yourself no one else will.

  11. bubba278 says: Jul 11, 2013 3:37 PM

    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

  12. jagwires says: Jul 11, 2013 3:38 PM

    $338k won’t fix that BUSTED face.

  13. thestrategyexpert says: Jul 11, 2013 3:40 PM

    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.

  14. mtheparrothead says: Jul 11, 2013 3:47 PM

    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.

  15. turdfurgerson68 says: Jul 11, 2013 3:49 PM

    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.

    ————————————————–

    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?

  16. loubearkane says: Jul 11, 2013 3:51 PM

    Her sleeping with a kid probably has something to do with her poor image.

  17. tacowrecker says: Jul 11, 2013 3:53 PM

    Gotta say this is one lawsuit where you wish they both could lose.

  18. 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.

  19. steeelfann says: Jul 11, 2013 4:12 PM

    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.

  20. nelly837 says: Jul 11, 2013 4:51 PM

    $338,000 for damage to her reputation? You mean her reputation as pedophile rapist?

  21. gb4mn0 says: Jul 11, 2013 4:56 PM

    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.

    ——————————————-

    “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.

  22. justintuckrule says: Jul 11, 2013 5:15 PM

    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.

  23. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Jul 11, 2013 5:25 PM

    @gb4mn0 –
    Sorry, I didn’t mean to offend you. Thanks for the on-point comment. Great insight.

  24. realfootballfan says: Jul 11, 2013 5:29 PM

    This is the reason most people hate lawyers.

  25. larryboodry says: Jul 11, 2013 5:30 PM

    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.

  26. lagg1 says: Jul 11, 2013 5:36 PM

    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.

  27. larryboodry says: Jul 11, 2013 5:39 PM

    @gb4mn0:

    Who (or what, exactly) is Lavender Larry?

  28. ironman721 says: Jul 11, 2013 7:06 PM

    Most sex offenders go to jail she gets 6 figures.

  29. thermanmerman99 says: Jul 11, 2013 7:19 PM

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

  30. atlfalcons2008 says: Jul 11, 2013 7:45 PM

    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.

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

    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????

  32. larryboodry says: Jul 11, 2013 8:43 PM

    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.

  33. biggs13 says: Jul 11, 2013 9:41 PM

    Sarah call me. Let’s party.

  34. bengalguy says: Jul 11, 2013 9:53 PM

    BENGALS WIN AGAIN!!!!!

  35. timocracy13 says: Jul 11, 2013 10:02 PM

    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.
    ___________________________________

    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.

  36. crownofthehelmet says: Jul 11, 2013 10:37 PM

    That’s enough to roll a Vince Young party.

  37. foxburgh says: Jul 12, 2013 8:33 AM

    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?

  38. larryboodry says: Jul 12, 2013 2:22 PM

    @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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