Women named as prostitutes in Breaking Cardinal Rules: Accusations are false
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Several women named as prostitutes in "Breaking Cardinal Rules" have joined a lawsuit against author Katina Powell, claiming defamation. The book alleges that Powell arranged for women to provide sexual services to University of Louisville men's basketball players and recruits. The plaintiffs say the "accusations are absolutely false."
Eight new plaintiffs have joined student Kyle Hornback in her suit against Powell, who gained notoriety when her book, "Breaking Cardinal Rules: Basketball and the Escort Queen," was published weeks ago. In her book, Powell, 42, has claims that she hosted 22 stripping and sex parties from 2010 to 2014 inside Billy Minardi Hall, the on-campus dorm for athletes. Powell has said that former Louisville graduate assistant Andre McGee arranged the parties and paid her $10,000 for supplying dancers.
On Oct. 22, Hornback filed a lawsuit against both Powell and her publisher, IBJ Book Publishing, LLC., claiming that the book damaged the value of a University of Louisville degree. Hornback claimed that Powell's "malicious, willful, wanton, and outrageous" actions have limited Hornback’s ability to find a job after graduation and pay back student loans.
On Monday, an addendum was filed to the suit, as eight more plaintiffs joined Hornback in her claims against Powell and her publisher. The new plaintiffs are Jamie Smith, Dillion Hornback, Rebecca Sommer, Marquease Richardson, Precious Burnley, Jemiah Nash, Shinita Martin and Dolley Bolden.
The suit has also been expanded to include Dick Cady, Powell's co-author, as a defendant.
Nash, Richardson, Burnley, Martin and Bolden say that Powell, Cady and IBJ Book Publishing wrongfully label them as prostitutes -- a claim the five of them refute.
"In the book, during interviews with the media, and appearances on various talk shows, Defendants impute and accuse these women of engaged in prostitution with recruits and students of the University of Louisville," the lawsuit states. "These allegations are absolutely false. These Plaintiffs never gave any consent or permission to use their name, stage name, alias, photo, image, and/or likeness for this false, outrageous, horrendous, atrocious and heinous sex scandal."
Calling the allegations a "fraudulent and deceitful scam," the suit blasts Cady and IBJ Book Publishing for their failure to, "perform or engage in any due diligence to determine whether Powell's allegations were true or false."
"The allegations that Plaintiffs Nash, Richardson, Burnley, Martin and Bolden participated in, engaged in, promoted, advanced, or profited in any criminal act of prostitution are false," the lawsuit continues. "The publication of the false allegations set off a fire storm of damage to the reputation of the University of Louisville, the student body of the University of Louisville, and named plaintiffs."
All five of these plaintiffs accuse Powell, Cady and IBJ Book Publishing of violating their right to privacy, engaging in defamation and the intentional infliction of emotional distress.
"Their conduct was outrageous and intolerable and offends generally accepted standards of decency and morality," the suit continues, describing how the plaintiffs claim they were subjected to ridicule.
The remainder of the plaintiffs, Kyle Hornback, Jamie Smith, Rebecca Sommer and Dillion Hornback, are all University of Louisville students who claim Powell's book inflicted damage to the value of their education degrees.
"The negative impact by Katina Powell causing scandalous damage to the University of Louisville adversely affects every student's future and the marketability of obtained degrees," the suit states.
These four plaintiffs claim the defendants -- among other things -- engaged in the intentional interference with a contract, as well as the intentional infliction of emotional distress.
The suit demands that all funds Powell receives for any movie, book, magazine article, radio or television presentation, live entertainment of any kind, and other forms of recompense be provided to the court.
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