Thursday, May 24, 2012

Phaedra Parks Sues Vibe For More Than $30 Million For Defamation

Phaedra Parks is fighting back at Vibe (which owns, operates, and controls, Uptown Magazine, and Augustus Publishing) which published a series of articles and interviews with a woman who claims the Real Housewives of Atlanta star is "a crooked attorney who knows how to commit crimes, has committed crimes, and knows how to cover up her criminal activity." The source of the articles and interviews is Angela Stanton, a convicted felon an author. Angela claims she and Phaedra were "close friends" and they began to engage in criminal activities together in 2000, which included "remaking fraudulent insurance checks" and "federal racketeering scheme against the federal government – stealing Porches, Hummers, Cadillacs, Corvettes, any hot whip at that time." Phaedra counters back, saying she "intermittently interacted" with Angela, while her then boyfriend, rapper Drama, who was a client of Phaedra, was in jail. She says she "has never had any formal or informal employment relationship with Stanton. Plaintiff has never participated in any criminal activities with Stanton. Plaintiff did not socialize with Stanton on any regular basis and does not consider (and never has considered) her to be a close friend or confidant." Yet, Angela "began a personal crusade of false attacks against" her in 2010. Vibe published all of Angela's allegations in the book "Lies of a Real Housewife: Tell the Truth and Shame the Devil." She says Vibe "had actual knowledge that the accusations against plaintiff were false prior to publication." Phaedra sent Vibe letters informing them the information was false and defamatory and demanded they correct or retract it, but Vibe did nothing. She's now asking a jury to award her more than $5 million in compensatory damages, $25 million in punitive damages, attorney fees and a published retraction of the articles and book.

source: CNS
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