Odell Beckham Jr. Sheds Defamation Claim In Assault Suit

By Y. Peter Kang (September 18, 2019, 10:28 PM EDT) -- A California appeals court has tossed a defamation claim in a suit alleging NFL star Odell Beckham Jr. should be held liable for injuries suffered by a man assaulted at a party at the football player's home, saying the claim was barred under a state free speech law.

A three-judge Court of Appeal panel for the Second District on Tuesday unanimously reversed a trial judge's decision to allow a defamation claim to proceed in a suit accusing Beckham of causing Ishmael Temple's injuries after Temple was allegedly beaten by the athlete's bodyguard at a January 2018 party held at Beckham's home....

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