Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Blog Sued for Defamation Because it Distracted Candidate

Prince William County – Former 50th District of Virginia House of Delegates candidate Steve Chapman is suing an anonymous blogger, Black Velvet Bruce Lee, and Greg Letiecq, a blogger who took over Black Velvet Bruce Lee and started Black Velvet Bruce Li.  Black Velvet Bruce Lee disappeared and dropped his site and email address.  No one knows or is willing to admit who he/she is.  According to MannassasJM.com:

Steve Chapman has had enough. After threatening Internet bloggers with litigation, the former political candidate took action.
He filed a $200,000 lawsuit against the bloggers for attacking his character on the Web journal, Black Velvet Bruce Lee.
Chapman, 28, is suing for defamation, libel, slander, insulting words and intentional infliction of emotional distress. . . .
Chapman had announced earlier this year that he was a candidate for the Republican nomination for the 50th District House of Delegates.
He became disqualified after he missed the deadline to file and blamed the blog controversy for distracting his campaign.
Chapman said he had no choice but to proceed with the lawsuit since "Black Velvet Bruce Lee" accused him of being a high school dropout among a slue of other allegations.

The suit was filled in early June 2006 and is currently pending.  More can be found on Black Velvet Bruce Lee.  I will continue to follow this story as it develops.  This could be very important to bloggers in the Virginia, especially this campaign season.

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