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Claims of indecent photos via texts leads to defamation lawsuit

Being the subject of an investigation can be stressful and intimidating. If the matter is made public, which is generally the case when allegations are published through online sources, it can also be embarrassing, even if the allegations are untrue. Individuals in Ohio and elsewhere who are subjected to defamation under similar circumstances may seek to protect their reputations from further harm.

A Fox News host has recently filed a defamation lawsuit against a writer in relation to a story that was published via the The Huffington Post. In the story, the writer accused the host of sending numerous indecent photos to colleagues over recent years via text messages. Although he claims to have received this information through credible sources, he was reportedly unwilling to list them by name.

The host claims the story has no factual basis, was published without evidence and using information from anonymous sources, and was a reckless attack on his personal and professional reputation. He has already been suspended from employment while an investigation into the alleged incidents is underway. Even if he is cleared of the allegations, being placed under a public spotlight in similar circumstances can be harmful enough on its own.

Individuals who suffer harm to reputation through false and reckless publications may wish to pursue legal recourse, but the process can be complex. When facing a similar situation, one could speak with an attorney for guidance on the best course of action with which to proceed. An attorney can evaluate the situation and assist a client in Ohio in pursuing restitution through a defamation lawsuit against the party or parties deemed culpable.

Source: Time, "Suspended Fox News Host Files $50 Million Defamation Lawsuit Against Reporter," Verena Dobnik, Aug. 10, 2017

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