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I am very sorry for your situation. The answer is yes
, this may be actionable in civil court
To sue in a state court, one needs to have a "cause of action." There are numerous causes of action, such as "breach of contract," "negligence," "fraud," "unjust enrichment," etc., as well as causes of action rooted in statutory law. Every state has their own although they are very similar to each other in every state.
Here, this may be cause for defamation
. The elements of a defamation claim are: (1) a false and defamatory statement, (2) an unprivileged communication to a third party, (3) fault in her stating this, and (4) damages. Rouch v. Enquirer & News of Battle Creek (After Remand), 440 Mich. 238, 251, 487 N.W.2d 205 (1992) (libel); Ledl v. Quik Pik Food Stores, Inc., 133 Mich.App. 583, 589, 349 N.W.2d 529 (1984)
In fact, this may qualify as "defamation per se." Mitan v. Campbell, 706 NW 2d 420 - Mich: Supreme Court 2005
. In cases of defamation per se, the Plaintiff (i.e. you) is accused by the Defendant (i.e. her) of a criminal
act. In such cases, damages do not have to be proven and are assumed, making your case easier.
Many individuals pursue defamation based on false claims of molestation.
Again, I am sorry this has happened to you. Good luck.
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