Govan Now Likely To Lose Defamation Case
A judge has denied Laura Govan’s request to dismiss her baby daddy Gilbert Arenas’ libel case against her and said he believed Govan intentionally leaked emails accusing Arenas of infecting her with STDs in order to humiliate him.
Further, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge William Fahey ordered Govan’s answers be thrown out because she refused to respond to questions from Arenas – including queries about her sex life – as evidence in the case.
“…She has no likelihood of prevailing at trial,” the judge wrote in a May 27 ruling obtained by BOSSIP. “Her request to take judicial notice is denied. Moreover, because of her discovery violations, the court has deemed that the defendant has admitted that she wrote and disseminated the offending email, that it contained a false accusation about STDs and that defendant’s intent was to publicly embarrass and humiliate plaintiff.”
Govan filed what’s known as an “anti-SLAPP motion,” which argued that Arenas’ lawsuit should be tossed because it was frivolous or malicious and violated her right to free speech. The mother of four has been trying to get out of responding to Arenas’ evidence requests for things like the names of her former sex partners because she said it violated her privacy rights. The anti-SLAPP motion would have temporarily halted each side from handing over evidence.
But the judge found that Govan’s refusal to respond to Arenas’ questions – or interrogatories – all but proved she leaked the emails to distress Arenas.