Report: Ex-Bengals cheerleader gets $338,000 in defamation case

By John Breech | CBSSports.com

Ex-Bengals cheerleader Sarah Jones was awarded $338,000 after winning a defamation lawsuit against TheDirty.com. (USATSI)
Ex-Bengals cheerleader Sarah Jones was awarded $338,000 after winning a lawsuit against TheDirty.com. (USATSI)

It took four years, but former Bengals cheerleader Sarah Jones has finally won her defamation lawsuit against gossip website TheDirty.com. Jones was awarded a total of $338,000 on Thursday after a 10-person jury ruled in her favor, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer.

Jones was seeking $11 million, according to the Associated Press.

The case dates back to October of 2009 when TheDirty posted a message that said Jones had slept with every Bengals player. The website then published a second message about Jones in December of 2009 that claimed she had a sexually transmitted disease.

Jones filed a defamation lawsuit in December of 2009 and was eventually awarded $11 million in a default judgement because no one from TheDirty.com responded to the lawsuit. However, Jones never saw any of the $11 million because of a clerical error that involved Jones suing TheDirt.com and not TheDirty.com.

Before Jones could get the lawsuit against TheDirty.com back off the ground again, she had to deal with some legal problems of her own. In March of 2012, Jones, a teacher, was charged with two counts of sexual abuse for having a sexual relationship with a student.

Jones, 28, pleaded guilty to the charges and is now engaged to the 18-year-old man, who was 17 when the sexual relationship with Jones started. Jones was also married for six weeks in 2011 while all of this was going on.

The lawsuit against TheDirty.com began again in January, but ended with a hung jury. That led to a retrial that began on July 8 and ended with the court's decision on Thursday.

 
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