Appeal expected in ex-Bengals cheerleader lawsuit

Updated: July 12, 2013, 10:22 AM ET
Associated Press

COVINGTON, Ky. -- A gossip website operator who lost a defamation lawsuit brought by a former Cincinnati Bengals cheerleader plans to appeal, and some First Amendment lawyers warn the verdict could adversely affect other websites.

A federal court jury in Covington, Ky., awarded Sarah Jones $338,000 in damages Thursday, finding that posts about Jones on the Scottsdale, Ariz.-based website thedirty.com in 2009 were substantially false.

The jury also found website operator Nik Richie ...

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