Amy Jacobson’s BIKINI VIDEO case gave Amy a big win today. In the Amy Jacobson Bikini Video lawsuit, a Cook County judge said Jacobson, a former NBC-5 reporter, can proceed in her lawsuit against CBS Broadcasting Inc.
CBS-2 ran and commented on a July 2007 tape. In the bikini video, Jacobson was recorded in her bathing suit inside the home of Craig Stebic.
Amy’s lawsuit is also against the person who shot the video.
Associate Cook County Judge Elizabeth Budzinski granted four of the eight counts in Jacobson’s defamation suit to proceed. The ruling states:
It cannot be said that the statements made during the … CBS broadcast were more capable of an innocent construction than the alleged defamatory meaning ascribed to the statements by [Jacobson] in her complaint.
The CBS newscaster presented the footage with statement made in the form of insinuations and questions regarding Jacobson activities while at the Stebic home… these statements … suggest that Jacobson used improper methods in cultivating sources and obtaining stories. The statements were made in a specific factual context … and had a precise and readily understood meaning – that Jacobson was engaging in improper conduct.
The statements made by the CBS reporters during the broadcast regarding Jacobson are capable of being proven true or false. Thus these statements are actionable. ..
The broadcast suggested that Jacobson used improper methods such as adultery in cultivating sources and obtaining stories…
[Statements made on Ch. 2] could be found by a jury to be offensive to a reasonable person where they imputed that J lacked the ability and integrity to discharge the duties of her employment as a reporter. And that she used improper and seductive means to get her stories.
Here are legal links from the Tribune.
CBS’ original motion to dismiss from last October (.pdf) Download CBS ORIGINAL MOTION
Jacobson’s reply from December (.pdf) Download JACOBSON REPLY
CBS’ reply to Jacobson (.pdf) Download CBS REPLY