Miss Kentucky USA claims attorneys for Katina Powell book author, publisher trying to 'embarrass' her
Attorneys have requested Kyle Hornback to turn over emails, text messages, voicemail, computer files, notes and any diary or calendar entries related to the lawsuit and the claim that her degree was tarnished.
LOUISVILLE, Ky., (WDRB) -- An attorney representing Miss Kentucky USA Kyle Hornback in a lawsuit involving Katina Powell has asked a judge to issue a protective order preventing the author and publisher of Powell's book from gathering personal information about Hornback.
Attorney Nader George Shunnarah filed a motion Thursday claiming IBJ Book Publishing and author Dick Cady are asking for information "intended to annoy, embarrass, oppress" or cause undue burden to Hornback.
Hornback and other University of Louisville students filed a suit in October against Powell and her publisher, claiming the book, "Breaking Cardinal Rules," has damaged the value of a degree from the school.
After a judge dismissed that lawsuit, IBJ and Cady filed a counterclaim against the students and Shunnarah, claiming the group was trying to "extort" money and "gain notoriety" though a lawsuit they knew should have never been filed. Shunnarah is appealing the dismissal of Hornback's suit.
As part of that counterclaim, IBJ and Cady have asked Hornback to turn over all emails, text messages, voicemail, computer files, notes and any diary or calendar entries related to the lawsuit and the claim that her degree was tarnished.
The attorneys are also requesting copies of Hornback's high school and college transcripts as well as any financial aid she receives and documents identifying any internships or jobs Hornback has held since Jan. 1, 2015.
In addition, Hornback is being asked to produce any online postings, messages, pictures or videos that mention the lawsuit, Powell, her book, IBJ or Cady, according to court records.
And the attorneys are requesting all communication and documents Hornback or Shunnarah have had with the media about the lawsuit.
Cady and IBJ also request that Hornback "admit" she encouraged U of L students to join in the lawsuit on the radio and her Facebook page. The court documents include Facebook postings from Hornback. In one, from Oct. 26, she provides Shunnarah's email address and requests that any interested U of L students contact him.
"We would like as many students as possible to join us in our efforts to prevent a criminal from profiting off of the promotion of illegal activity," Hornback wrote, according to the court records.
Shunnarah has asked Jefferson Circuit Court Judge Mitch Perry to prevent this information from being turned over, in part, because he has appealed the dismissal of Hornback's suit.
Shunnarah also represents six women who claim they were defamed by being depicted in the book wearing lingerie and dancing at parties in Minardi Hall, a U of L dormitory for athletes.
Powell alleges that former U of L staffer and player Andre McGee asked her to arrange for women to have intimate encounters with players and recruits.
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