Friday, July 29, 2011
"The Dirty.Com" $11 Million Dollar Lawsuit
A gossip web site for non celebrities, and that means regular folks like you and me, thedirty.com, has been hit with an $11 million judgment for libel and slander after posting false accusations about a Northern Kentucky teacher who sidelines as a Cincinnati Bengals cheerleader. The judgment against Dirty World Entertainment Recordings, which runs the site thedirty.com, came Thursday after the site declined to answer a lawsuit brought by Sarah Jones, a high school teacher whose picture was posted on the site along with an accusation she had been exposed to two venereal diseases. U.S. District Judge William O. Bertelsman added an annual interest rate of 0.25 percent to the $1 million in compensatory damages and $10 million in punitive damages. An e-mail message sent to the operator of the Arizona-based web site, Hooman Karamian, who uses the online name “Nik Ritchie,” was not immediately returned Thursday morning.