ABC News' '20/20' Faces Libel Lawsuit for OC Internet-Dating Story

[Moxley Confidential] Orange County judge refuses network's demand to kill libel lawsuit against the ABC program

Perhaps the reason other alleged victims weren't included on the show was because, according to evidence reviewed by the Weekly, at least two of the women described Williams as a womanizer, not a crook. One of those women, Laguna Niguel's Laura Knighten [1], admitted that while he lied to her about his marital status and it angered her, she views him as a "complete gentleman" in every other way.

In 2009, Knighten became friends with Cahill, who makes an income by using her dating blues to get other Internet-dating women to pay her for detective-type services at iCheckmates.com. Knighten doesn't hold a favorable opinion.

"It became increasingly clear to me that not only was [Cahill] obsessed with David in an unhealthy way, but she was [also] not being truthful about what David had done," Knighten declared in a sworn affidavit. "Kelley frequently asked me and some other women she knew to post negative messages about David online."

ABC News gave Kelley Cahill a national forum to attack her ex-lover
ABC
ABC News gave Kelley Cahill a national forum to attack her ex-lover
Lawyers for Chris Cuomo, who left ABC in January, say his story was not libelous
ABC
Lawyers for Chris Cuomo, who left ABC in January, say his story was not libelous

The 20/20 report disappointed her. "I watched the program and was shocked by how David was represented," Knighten stated in a court filing. "It was inaccurately and unfairly biased against David."

Lawyers for ABC and Cahill (who did not respond to requests for comment) attempted to kill Williams' libel lawsuit by shifting the case to a more legally favorable setting in Colorado, absurdly insisting Williams became a public figure when he answered inquiries from reporters calling about Cahill's allegations and arguing that the woman's terrible descriptions of him were constitutionally protected "opinion" speech. They also asserted the public knows it should be leery of the emotional rants of an "ex-lover."

This month, Franz E. Miller—a brainy, polite Orange County judge—refused to dismiss the matter. He overruled all 40 defense objections to evidence presented by Rufus-Isaacs and declared that, at least for these early stages in the case, Williams is a private figure with an argument that his reputation was unfairly soiled.

"[Williams] has met his burden of demonstrating [the implications of the 20/20 show] were false," ruled the judge, who wants a future jury to have the last word on who was the victim and if the network negligently propelled an all-too-common, nasty romantic breakup into a national crime story.

 

[1] Ms. Knighten's name was misspelled. Corrected March 15, 2013.

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Readeron
Readeron

From what I read, he may not have contributed to the majority of funds for the house but her funds appeared to be borrowed and not hers. She later filed bankruptcy so what did she earn? A LAW SUIT? What a fool!!! I have to agree with Cottonwood, more of a predator than a victim.

Cottonwood
Cottonwood

So, she kind of used 20/20 to help promote her background check business where she caters to personality disordered women. She has a glamour shot with a crucifix posted on icheckmates.  She seems like a predator posing as a victim.  She defamed this poor guy...after he caught her in bed with another man.  She was guilty, but she's so narcissistic and delusional that she projected it onto him.  And she further violates other people with her background check business...giving personal info about people to...probably women who are just as and delusional and unstable as she is.  Background checks are unreliable and can be misinterpreted and they probably aren't safe in the hands of her or her clients.  She shouldn't even be allowed to be in possession of anybodys personal information.

lamandingos
lamandingos

She is latina? Who sharpied her eye brows in?

mi vida loca?

alexisyque
alexisyque

Can we change the picture on this? It's been startling me every morning when I load the page..*shudder*

JGlanton
JGlanton topcommenter

I haven't trust any of those shows for over 20 years.  60 Minutes, 20/20 both doctor up stories and make up evidence constantly.

949girl
949girl topcommenter

I remember seeing this episode awhile ago.  Although I can't recall everything about it I do remember thinking that the way they promoted the story during commercials or previous segments that the guy was going to be A LOT worse than he actually was and the info that was going to be shown would have been a lot more juicy.  The promotion of the episode was misleading.  I just remember watching this because it was about Orange County and I don't generally watch 20/20.  I prefer Dateline or 48 Hours.


As far as him saying he was single when he was really separated I don't think that that's the worst lie out there, because to some extent he was single and anyone who knows people who do online dating you will hear a ton of oddball stories.  She just sounds a bit crazy.

You should not that you should judge someone by their appearance but I am going to anyways.  She just looks awful and looks like a wannabe OC Housewife and I do tend to stereotype women that look like her in a negative way, which is wrong but I can't help it!  I don't think she's credible! 


RonaldMexico
RonaldMexico

@JGlanton I know right? Why can't they be more like Fox news or Drudge and just stay to the facts, and be non-bias and fair and balanced?

 
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