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Ok, my wife was told by another person that a co-worker was

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Ok, my wife was told by another person that a co-worker was a prostitute. My wife then told the co-worker"s mother what other people were saying about her daughter. My wife then told a few customers about the conversation. She hears the daughter might file a slander lawsuit against her. Is it slanderous repeating this ?

Slander involves making a factual statement that you know, or should know, to be false. Based on the information you have provided, it sounds like there may be a couple defenses to a slander lawsuit.


First, it sounds like your wife repeated the statements along the lines of, "Someone told me that...." If this is the case, the allegation is not being stated as fact, it is being stated as the speculation of another person.


Second, you have not yet stated whether the allegation is true. Meaning, you have not stated whether this woman is, in fact, a prostitute. If she is a prostitute, then that would be an absolute defense to a slander lawsuit.


While it's speculative on my part, my thought is that the woman is bluffing. As you can imagine, it is a pretty frequent occurrence for a person to threaten lawsuit, it is much less frequent for the person to actually follow through. Additionally, filing a lawsuit would only bring more attention to the allegation, something this woman probably does not desire.

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