Bengals' cheerleader defamation suit gets trial date

January 12, 2012 

A woman who worked as a Kentucky high school teacher and moonlights as a Cincinnati Bengals cheerleader will get to press her lawsuit against www.thedirty.com and its owner over lewd comments about her that made her life at school so uncomfortable she quit her teaching job.

U.S. District Judge William O. Bertelsman set a June 4 trial date in Covington for Sarah Jones' defamation and invasion of privacy lawsuit against the site and its owner, Hooman Karamian, who goes by the name Nik Richie.

In an order issued Tuesday, Bertelsman refused to dismiss Jones' case, saying the name of the site, the way it is managed and the personal comments made by Richie encourage development of "what is offensive about the content of the site."

Two postings in 2009 prompted the case. One featured a picture of Jones — then a teacher at Dixie Heights High School in Edgewood — along with claims about her sex life as a cheerleader and teacher.

The second alluded to Jones having contracted a sexually transmitted disease and having sex in her classroom, allegations that weren't true.

Jones twice asked that the posts be taken down; Richie refused. Jones resigned from her teaching job in November.

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