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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    thenameisbam, 23 Jun 2006 @ 10:26am

    statutory rape anyone?

    i'm not sure what state this is in but i know in california, we have something called statutory rape. and that is when someone who is 18 or older has sex with someone under the age of 18 even if its consensual sex, you can still get yourself tossed in jail.

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