Overhype

by Carlo Longino




Accused Rapist Wants Some Of That Myspace Money, Too

from the myspace-made-me-do-it dept

Earlier this week, a 14-year-old girl and her mother sued Myspace for $30 million, alleging the site failed to protect her from being sexually assaulted by a 19-year-old guy. Now, in a bizarre twist, the man's attorney says that if Myspace is liable for not keeping the girl out of harm's way, his client might also have a claim for damages, since the girl misrepresented her age, adding that the accused rapist, who's admitted having sex with the girl, is "just as much a victim -- if not more." This case, should it be filed, would be even more spurious than the girl's claim -- the fact that the two met on MySpace has absolutely nothing to do with the alleged sexual assault, and the guy really doesn't have much of a case if he's basing his on the girl lying about her age, since he apparently falsely represented himself as a high school football player. It's impossible to describe these suits as anything other than ridiculous, but with all the hype of the dangers of Myspace and other social-networking sites -- and the money flowing around -- inevitably, there will be more.

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    Aber1, 23 Jun 2006 @ 12:15pm

    Future Judges of America

    It is bad enough that a lawyer with 6 to 8 years of secondary schooling would not realize how foolish and a waste of time this suit is, but the way judgesand presidents are acting lately he'll probably get a circuit court appiontment in a few years.

    Its all comedy til you see it ruin a nineteen year olds life. My cousin was in the same situation but met the girl at a bar, she said she was 22, she was a fourteen year old with a fine body in a bar(in Virginia). He will have to register as a sex offender for at least 10 years possibly life if he gets too many speeding tickets. And all cause some little horny girl can't just have sex with other fourteen year olds, or shut up about it to her parents.

    She even testified at his trail that she lied to him about her age, she was drinking in a bar, and that it was consentual he still went to jail for stat. rape. Sick sad system

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