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A hospital no-longer will allow a person on the property because

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A hospital no-longer will allow a person on the property because of their belief that he threatened to end the life of an employee. There was no threat and an investigation is taking place. The person was told by multiple people and on different days at the business to not be there or he'd be in trouble for trespassing. He didn't get in trouble and the police never were told by the hospital that he made a statement of assault. It is unknown who first stated the accusation because that's never been revealed to him;
security told him to not ask because they didn't know. That surely seems suspect and someone must know.

I've learned that, as part of the requirements for his defamation claim, the statement had to have been said to a third party. It's my understanding that means 'someone other than the person/plaintiff'. That certainly has taken place and various people now know to look out for him although he didn't do anything.

Would it be valid if the hospital claims that, because the accusation was said among people who work at the hospital, the statement wasn't revealed to a third party/the public? Even though the lie was told to multiple people, and the accusation of threatening to kill someone is defamation per-se, would this belief by the hospital hold any weight if it came about? What really IS a third party?
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There is no statutory definition for a third person/party -rather, the plain meaning is used. Thus, a third person or party is any person other than the plaintiff. So, claiming that a person or group are not a third person or party because they not members of the public or employees at the hospital would not hold any weight.
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