HuffPost sued for defamation over story on Kavanaugh

One of Brett Kavanaugh’s classmates who was named in a Huffington Post report is suing the site for defamation. Derrick Evans, a professor who went to Georgetown Prep with Kavanaugh, filed the lawsuit accusing the site and the reporter who wrote the piece, which was entitled “Former Student: Brett Kavanaugh’s Prep School Party Scene Was A ‘Free-For-All’.”

“These statements were not only false and defamatory, but outrageously so, and were published by defendants with knowledge of their actual falsity or in reckless disregard of the truth for the apparent purpose of creating a salacious story designed to drive internet traffic to HuffPost’s website,” the lawsuit says.

“Defendants had no sources to support their outrageously false and defamatory statements about Derrick Evans and Douglas Kennedy. Nor did Defendants make any effort whatsoever to contact Mr. Evans for comment before accusing him of not only of committing a crime, but of being responsible for the death of David Kennedy. Indeed, if Ms. Feinberg or her HuffPost editors had done even the most basic research of publicly available sources, she and they would have known, if they did not already know, that Mr. Evans actively assisted law enforcement in identifying and prosecuting the individuals who actually sold the illegal narcotics,” it also reads.

HuffPost attempted to correct the story, but according to the lawsuit, they incorrectly did so, leading them to revise it a third time.

 

 

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