Briana DeJesus Wins Lawsuit And Fights To Collect $120k Too
Yesterday, Celebuzz broke the news that Briana DeJesus won her case in the ongoing lawsuit against Kailyn Lowry. It all
Yesterday, Celebuzz broke the news that Briana DeJesus won her case in the ongoing lawsuit against Kailyn Lowry. It all began when Lowry filed against DeJesus for publicly suggesting that she beat up her baby daddy Chris Lopez. However, the Orlando native fought back for the case to be dismissed.
DeJesus and her lawyer seemed confident in winning their case following their meeting with the judge last month. According to legal documents, the case was dismissed with the judge ruling in DeJesus' favor.
In a short statement to Celebuzz DeJesus said, "I won." And, although this is the outcome she hoped for, DeJesus isn't entirely satisfied. The Orlando native plans to sue Lowry for all of the legal fees that she obtained which total up to $120,096.87, according to Celebuzz. Can she do this?
Marc Randazza, the lawyer of the reality star, told The Sun, "The anti-slapp law gives us the right to see attorneys' fees, and we intend to get Ms. Soto every penny to which she is entitled."
The Judges Decision
The Judge found Kailyn's claims to be unfounded. Referring to DeJesus' online comments the court official said, "The written post cannot be considered defamatory because, as a matter of law, it contained protected speech regarding opinion or was factually accurate." The judges added, "It was widely publicized that Lowry had been arrested for domestic violence and Soto's comments on the issue were substantially true."
Ultimately, for Lowry, the case came down to a lack of evidence for her complaints. The judge wrote in his official statement, "Lowry's claim that soto's source of the information that Lowry broke into the house (Mr. Lopez) was unreliable does little to establish that Soto knew, with a high degree of awareness, the claim was false." He continued to explain, "Even if the isolated statement regarding 'breaking and entering' can be considered defamatory, there is insufficient evidence to establish that Soto knew the statement was false at the time it was made." Lastly, the judge stated, "As a matter of law, Lowry has not met her burden regarding the issue of malice."
The Forever Fued
The Teen Mom co-stars have drama dating back to 2017 when DeJesus joined the cast. The legal battle began when Lowry filed a complaint against DeJesus after comments were made toward the mother four with "the purpose of causing Lowry harm." The court papers continued, "Defendant used Lowry to gain additional media attention for herself."
The case became an ongoing battle of 'she said, she said' with Lowry requesting $30,000, reasonable costs and attorneys' fees, and a jury trial. Lowry claimed that DeJesus' statements "threatened" her "ability to earn a living" and that she suffered "personal humiliation and mental anguish."
DeJesus responded with real data and a statement which claimed she did not defame Lowry with "false" storied because she was arrested for exactly what DeJesus spoke out about.
DeJesus attorney wrote about Lowry, "She verifiably was arrested for this, and her arrest garnered media attention." And, this takes us to DeJesus' win. The judge agreed, stating, "The damage to Lowry's reputation, if any, had already occurred when the incident was publicized by news media."
Lowry's arrest happened in September of 2020 for allegedly "punching" her baby daddy, Chris Lopez, "many times with a closed hand" over their son's haircut.