Ah, thank you.
Yes, in this case, you may. This is called defamation
, and is actionable. The elements of defamation include: (1) a false and defamatory
statement concerning another; (2) an unprivileged publication to a third party; (3) fault on the part of the publisher; and (4) either actionability of the statement irrespective of special harm or the existence of special harm caused by the publication. See Restatement § 558 and Holtzscheiter v. Thomson Newspapers, Inc., 411 SE2d 664, 666 (SC 1991.
Even more so, allegations of criminality are defamation per se
, in which case, you do not even have to prove damages, they are understood.
You do have a good suit here.
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