COVINGTON, Ky. (AP) -- The attorney for a former Cincinnati Bengals cheerleader who had sex with her underage student told jurors Thursday that they can send a message by finding that a gossip website defamed her in lewd online posts that were anonymously submitted.
Defense attorneys, meanwhile, argued that the posts didn't amount to defamation and contained some truth because of the plaintiff's character.
In his closing argument in a northern Kentucky courtroom, attorney Eric Deters told jurors that they must find that Scottsdale, Ariz.-based thedirty.com and its operator, Hooman Karamian, defamed former cheerleader Sarah Jones with posts that said she had sex with every Bengals player and suggested she had two sexually transmitted diseases. She is asking for 11 million.
"You can do something big today," Deters said. "You can send a message across America: We're going to stop libel and slander on the Internet. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity."
He added that awarding Jones ...