Laker Wants Defamation Claim By Alleged Rape Victim Tossed

Law360, Los Angeles (April 18, 2013, 10:37 PM EDT) -- Los Angeles Lakers forward Devin Ebanks urged a California judge on Thursday to throw out allegations that he defamed a woman who has accused him of rape, saying comments about her accusation that he posted on Twitter were protected under a free-speech law.

Ebanks said the defamation claim, which is part of a suit the woman filed in December that also alleges sexual assault, arose from protected speech in connection with the public issues of alleged transgressions of professional athletes, rape and violence against women and...
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