Laurie Fine Filing Lawsuit Against ESPN (video & photos)
5/16/2012 6:34:39 AM
By Greg Cotterill
GENEVA -- Laurie Fine, with family members standing by her, announced this morning at a press conference at Belhurst Castle that she is filing a libel lawsuit against ESPN and two of its employees.
The lawsuit accuses ESPN, reporter Mark Schwarz and producer Arty Berko of irresponsibly reporting the allegations against Bernie Fine and taking Laurie Fine's words out of context to cast her in a false light.
Bernie fine was not at the Geneva news conference.
The legal complaint includes the following:
This Complaint for Libel arises from Defendant ESPN’s coverage of Robert Davis’ uncorroborated attack upon Plaintiff Laurie J. Fine. Through this coverage, ESPN, acting by and through its agents and employees, including Defendants Mark Schwarz and Arthur Berko, spitefully destroyed Laurie Fine’s reputation in an attempt to capitalize financially in the tragic wake of the Penn State Sex Abuse Scandal. Defendants have ruined Laurie Fine’s reputation by maliciously publishing false and defamatory factual accusations.
The lawsuit says ESPN, Schwarz and Berko "spitefully destroyed Laurie Fine's reputation in an attempt to capitalize financially in the wake of the Penn State sex abuse scandal."
Fine told reporters she wanted her life back.
Photos by Greg Cotterill, Finger Lakes News Radio
Last November, ESPN aired interviews with two men - Bobby Davis and Mike Lang - who say Bernie Fine molested them when they were ball boys for the Syracuse University men's basketball team.
Laurie Fine will announce this morning that she's filing a federal libel lawsuit against ESPN over its reporting of child-molesting accusations against her husband, fired assistant Syracuse University basketball coach Bernie Fine.
Laurie Fine's Attorneys Lawerence Fisher and Kevin Tucker live from the Belhurst Castle on CNN. Photos by Greg Cotterill, Finger Lakes News Radio.
Fine's lawyers provided the 44-page lawsuit to The Post-Standard this morning, in advance of her news conference at Belhurst Castle in Geneva.
The media is gathering for the news conference. Finger Lakes News Radio will broadcast the news conference live on WGVA and WAUB at 11 a.m.