Plaintiff: Phaedra Parks
Defendant: Vibe Holdings
Phaedra Parks is suing Vibe Holdings in Federal Court:
Parks seeks trial by jury, more than $5 million in compensatory damages, $25 million in punitive damages, attorney fees and a published retraction of the articles and book.
The complaint states:
“Among its corporate activities, defendant owns, operates, and controls Vibe.com, Uptown Magazine, and Augustus Publishing,” the complaint states. Parks claims that Vibe.com “had actual knowledge that the accusations against plaintiff were false prior to publication.”
In 2000, Parks says, she represented Atlanta rapper Drama for a probation violation. Drama introduced Parks to his-then girlfriend, Angela Stanton, and Parks represented her at a sentence-modification hearing, but “plaintiff has never had any formal or informal employment relationship with Stanton,” the complaint states.
“Around February of 2010, Stanton began a personal crusade of false attacks against plaintiff.
“Specifically, Stanton began posting false and defamatory accusations about plaintiff on Twitter and otherwise made false and defamatory statements about her to third persons in the community.
“In March of this year, defendant published and promoted Stanton’s false and defamatory accusations on the Internet, and as a direct result, Stanton’s personal and unfounded vendetta against plaintiff went viral on the Internet.
“Defendant interviewed Stanton and broadcast her false and defamatory accusations in articles and videos on its websites.
“Defendant eventually published Stanton’s accusations in a book available for online purchase by the public.
“Defendant’s publications of the online interviews and the book concerning plaintiff imply, as a whole, that plaintiff is an attorney who has engaged in criminal activity and is worthy of public scorn and contempt.
“The false statements published by defendant are defamatory per se and damages to the reputation of Plaintiff are presumed as a matter of law.”
Parks claims the defendant published a defamatory article about her on www.vibe.com, on March 14, under the headline, “‘Real Housewives of Atlanta’ Star Phaedra Parks Exposed!” She says a similar article and interview were published at uptownmagazine.com, both of which were still online when she filed the complaint Tuesday.
She claims the articles “convey a grossly inaccurate and false impression of Stanton’s relationship with plaintiff,” and “falsely accuse plaintiff of being a crooked attorney who knows how to commit crimes, has committed crimes, and knows how to cover up her criminal activity.”
Parks claims Vibe published all of Stanton’s allegations in the book “Lies of a Real Housewife: Tell the Truth and Shame the Devil.”
Read full complaint HERE!