It is unlawful to falsely accuse someone of a criminal
This is called filing a "false police report
." This is a Class C or D felony, meaning that she can be convicted of this, and if so, would face a minimal of 3 to 15 years and/or a $10,000 fine.
You can possibly sue her for (1) defamation and (2) malicious prosecution.
To establish a prima facie case of defamation in Tennessee, the plaintiff must establish that: 1)a party published a statement; 2)with knowledge that the statement is false and defaming to the other; or 3) with reckless disregard for the truth of the statement or with negligence in failing to ascertain the truth of the statement. SULLIVAN v. BAPTIST MEMORIAL HOSPITAL, 1999
In order to establish the essential elements of an action for malicious prosecution, the plaintiff must show that (1) a prior suit or judicial proceeding was brought against plaintiff without probable cause
, (2) defendant brought such prior action with malice, and (3) the prior action was finally terminated in favor of plaintiff. See Lewis v. Allen, 698 S.W.2d 58, 59 (Tenn. 1985)IMPORTANT INFO
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