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Was the statement you mentioned made in court?
As a general rule, if something is said in a court case then it isn't actionable.
In addition, the term "predator" is one of those that is more of a subjective description and thus can't really be the basis of a slander or libel case. If, instead, the person said you were a "convicted sexual predator" that would be actionable (assuming you weren't even convicted of a sex crime) since that is a misstatement of a fact and not an opinion.
If they do say something in Illinois then they could be sued in Illinois even though you are an Australian citizen. Residency or citizenship in the US is not required to bring a lawsuit in the US.