Jenelle Evans went head-to-head with Olivia Leedham in court on Tuesday, with the former Teen Mom 2 star answering to several legal issues Olivia filed against her last November, including posting a private lewd photo of Olivia to the Internet, creating false reviews for Olivia’s work on various online review sites, and blasting Olivia on a website created for the sole purpose of making false claims about her.
As The Ashley told you last week, Olivia filed the six-part lawsuit against Jenelle and David Eason (whom Olivia shares son Kaden with) back in November 2019. In February, Jenelle filed a Motion to Dismiss the charges against her, and Tuesday’s hearing was to decide whether Olivia would continue pursuing the charges or not.
Here’s what happened in court on Tuesday…
According to a New Hanover County Clerk of Courts, the hearing (which was held over video conference, due to COVID-19 restrictions), went down as planned. Olivia agreed to dismiss almost all of the issues against Jenelle, including the one regarding the posting of the nude photo of Olivia; the one about using Olivia’s name and likeness for her and David’s gain, and the one about posting private text messages between Olivia and another man on a public forum.
Of the six issues stated in the lawsuit, Olivia dismissed five…except for Issue No. 4, which is in regard to Jenelle and David using sites like Yelp and Facebook to post false poor reviews about Olivia’s haircutting skills and the barber shop that she works, as well as other false statements about Olivia and her life.
In the court paperwork obtained by The Ashley, the charge of “Defamation: Libel Per Se” states that “David and/or Jenelle caused injury to [Olivia’s] reputation by making false and defamatory statements concerning Olivia, notably that she is unfit for her current practice of business, that she has abortions recklessly and uses them for birth control, that she has a continuing alcohol problem, that she assaulted David, that she is promiscuous…and generally unsuitable and unfit for motherhood.”
In another part, the paperwork states that Jenelle and David thought that if they didn’t post Olivia’s last name, she couldn’t take legal action against them. (This is obviously not true.)
“David and/or Jenelle operate under the mistaken assumption that if they do not include Olivia’s last name that they escape liability for vicious, assaultive and defamatory statements that they have published as false, or acted with reckless disregard for their truth or falsity at the time of publication.”
As The Ashley previously reported, Olivia claimed that, in August 2019, David (using the account name “David E.” which had a photo of David and Jenelle as its bio pic) gave Olivia’s haircutting skills false reviews on various online platforms. Olivia alleges in one review, David claimed Olivia gave him a “horrible hack job” three times, and even “stabbed him in the head with scissors and cut his ear with clippers.”
Jenelle also left a negative review for Olivia, claiming on Facebook she wrote the review “for a friend” who didn’t know how to leave reviews. (See below.)
The Ashley hears that Jenelle and her attorney attempted to get Issue No. 4 dismissed as well; however Olivia refused to drop the charge and a judge refused to approve the dismissal. That issue is currently pending.
For that Issue alone, Olivia is seeking $25,000 in damages for the defamatory statements allegedly made by Jenelle and David.
The attorneys for Jenelle and Olivia will decide next steps, and a future court date may be scheduled.
As for David, nothing was dismissed against him and, as of press time, all six charges remain active against David. Currently, there is no court date scheduled (yet) for him.
Olivia and David have battled for years for custody of their son Kaden. Currently, though, according to court records obtained by The Ashley, nothing is currently pending in that case, though.
The Ashley will update this story when more info is available! Stay tuned…
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