Lawsuit claims motel employee posted Katina Powell's driver's license on Facebook
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A lawsuit filed in Jefferson Circuit Court on Tuesday claims an employee of a Louisville motel posted Katina Powell's driver's license on Facebook while she was staying there.
Powell is the author of "Breaking Cardinal Rules," the book that broke a sex scandal involving the University of Louisville basketball team.
According to the lawsuit, Powell stayed at the Clarke's Motel at 4700 Dixie Highway. The lawsuit indicates that the motel is operated by Cecil Romans and Susan Roszella, and that Tara Harmon and Brad Harmon are employees of the motel.
The lawsuit claims that, while Powell was staying there, Tara Harmon sent a copy of Powell's driver's license to Brad Harmon, who in turn posted it on Facebook. Their alleged actions publicized Powell's photograph, driver's license number, date of birth, height, weight, address and eye color, as well as medical and health restrictions, "for the purpose of exploiting" Powell, "intentionally inflicting emotional distress and invading her privacy," according to the lawsuit.
As a result, the lawsuit claims Powell, "suffered severe emotional distress, mental and emotional suffering, embarrassment and humiliation by being targeted for public humiliation and ridicule."
"I don't think it was fair what they did," Powell told WDRB by phone Wednesday morning. "I did nothing to deserve what they done by posting my information and my license and all that. I think they were doing it just out of spite of what I done as far as the book."
Powell said when she went to check out of the motel, "I could already pretty much sense that there was tension."
She said she and the hotel management had a disagreement over her deposit.
"The manager, who thought it was all funny, gave my information to her boyfriend to post, and that's just what happened," Powell claimed.
As for why, Powell insists it had to do with team loyalty.
"Because of the book," she said. "That's the only reason why they'd do it. They were U of L fans, so. Like I said, it was out of spite."
The lawsuit, filed against Romans, Roszella and Tara and Brad Harmon, demands damages "for past and future severe mental and emotional distress and suffering, embarrassment and humiliation," as well as court costs.
An representative of Clarke's Motel was contacted by phone, but she said she was unaware of the lawsuit.
Powell is most known for her book, released in 2015, in which she claimed she hosted 22 stripping and sex parties from 2010 to 2014 inside Billy Minardi Hall, a dorm for athletes on the University of Louisville campus. She alleged that Andre McGee, a former director of basketball operations for the men's basketball team, arranged the parties and paid her $10,000 for supplying dancers.
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