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A Mississippi man is suing HuffPost on defamation allegations because of an article the news website published last year accusing the man of helping to supply drugs to fellow students at Georgetown Preparatory School while U.S. Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh was a student there.
Derrick Evans, a professor and community advocate, filed the lawsuit Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Gulfport, Miss., against HuffPost and the author of the article, Ashley Feinberg, the Mississippi Clarion Ledger reported.
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The lawsuit claims Feinberg and HuffPost repeatedly defamed Evans and Douglas Kennedy, a classmate of Evans and Kavanaugh, by stating that they helped purchase and supply cocaine at the elite private school.
The article also stated that the drugs may have resulted in the 1984 death of David Kennedy, who was Douglas Kennedy's brother and the son of the late Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, according to the Clarion Ledger.
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The article has since removed any reference to the Kennedy brothers or Evans since it was published in September 2018 in the midst of Kavanaugh’s Senate hearing to be confirmed to the Supreme Court.
“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...
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