NBC News- Jurors told a judge they couldn’t decide on a verdict in the defamation case brought by a former Cincinnati Bengals cheerleader and teacher against a gossip website.
The attorney for Sarah Jones, who admitted to having 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.
COVINGTON, Ky. (AP) – A federal judge declared a mistrial in a defamation lawsuit against a gossip website filed by a former Cincinnati Bengals cheerleader who had sex with her underage student.
U.S. District Judge William Bertelsman declared the mistrial Friday after jurors couldn’t reach a verdict.
Former cheerleader and high school teacher Sarah Jones had sued Scottsdale, Ariz.-based thedirty.com and its operator over two posts that said she had slept with every Bengals player and likely had two sexually transmitted diseases.
She was seeking $11 million,
The posts were unrelated to Jones’ relationship with her former 17-year-old student. Jones pleaded guilty in that case in October in a deal that allowed her to avoid jail time. The two are still dating.