This woman has been posting comments on Facebook accusing my fiance and I of stealing a camera after attending a photoshoot she organized. Before she started posting these comments she sent me a message apologizing for the accusations during the photoshoot (as well as the accusations she made about us to the other models after we left the shoot) and being irrational during the few minutes while we were there. Again after that message she privately sent me, she accused us twice of stealing when she knows that we didn't on semi-private boards to multiple people that could cost us future job opportunities and is ruining our reputation. Can I sue her for libel and defamation of character over this?
Print out the negative posts she is putting out about you, and then consult a local attorney. You should consult an attorney that has litigated these types of cases before, and would have a decent idea about the valuation of your potential claim. If her negative posts cost you future employment opportunities, that would be the special damages you could prove were caused by the libelous postings.
Each state has specific laws regarding libel, slander and defamation. You should contact a local attorney to find out what the laws specifically state in Utah. You should put together a package with a timeline of what happened and all the photos and statements made by "the woman." I would print everything as soon as possible before she deletes them offline.
Make sure to mention the posts were on facebook because in litigation the attorney can request those messages and photos through discovery. And if she deletes them, it can be considered spoliation (legal term for the destruction of evidence.)
Know that defamation lawyers are expensive, and typically want 5k to begin work, so a cease and desist letter might be more cost effective, but speak to a local defamation lawyer to discuss. Avvo has a great lawyer finder tool to locate an attorney close to your home. Good luck.
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