When one person makes false statements about another and transmits them to a third party (regardless of the form), and those statements damage the reputation, character or integrity of that person, a lawsuit can be pursued. Specifically, the person making the false statements can be sued for defamation or for malicious prosecution depending on the nature and consequences of the false accusations.
In the past few years, traditional media as well as social media has publicized and promoted sexual assault movements such as #MeToo, which has led to countless public discussions and accusations about sexual misconduct. However, traditional and social media pays little attention to false allegations of rape and sexual assault. False accusations of that nature do happen and deserve public attention.
Notably, there are countless reasons why a person might falsely report that a rape or sexual assault occurred. Such reasons include, but are not limited to, spite, incorrect memories, revenge, a desire for attention or sympathy, mental instability, and monetary gain. For that reason, thorough investigations of such accusations must be taken very seriously, because a judicial finding, or even a public accusation, of sexual misconduct can ruin a person’s life and career.
Depending on the nature and consequences of the false accusations you are facing, you could sue for defamation or for malicious prosecution and seek to recover monetary compensation for the reputational damages that you suffer. In that regard, you should note the following as to those types of legal claims:
In sum, regardless of the scenario in which you find yourself, it is crucial to defend and fight for your character with the assistance of qualified and skillful attorneys. Therefore, if you are falsely accused of a crime (including sexual misconduct), you need a seasoned criminal defense attorney or civil litigator who is experienced in presenting a strong defense and fighting for your rights and reputation.
At Tacopina Seigel & DeOreo, we strongly believe that everyone’s rights deserve to be protected and that people’s lives and reputations should not be ruined. They should be honored and protected.
If you need a criminal defense lawyer or civil litigator to stand up for you, please call our office at 212-227-8877 or contact us online today.