Samantha Markle claims she has 'ACTUAL PROOF' that Meghan defamed her as judge to decide dismissal
Samantha’s legal team has claimed they have a ‘viable defamation case’ against the Duchess of Sussex
Meghan Markle is being sued by her half-sister Samantha Markle for allegedly destroying her reputation and making her a subject of “hatred on a worldwide scale” with the comments she made during her interview with Oprah Winfrey and information supplied to the authors of the biography 'Finding Freedom'.
Samantha’s legal team has said they have a ‘viable defamation case’ against the Duchess of Sussex as they have collected the attainable ‘proof of the falsity of statements’ Meghan made during her infamous Oprah interview. The 57-year-old, who is from Meghan’s dad’s first marriage to Roslyn Loveless, is seeking $75,000 in damages.
Samantha is asserting that the statements Meghan made about her childhood during her interview were mostly fabricated, especially her claim that she was ‘raised as an only child.' Jamie Sasson, of the Ticktin Law Group, the legal team acting for Samantha, made a statement to Newsweek in which he said: "This is a viable claim because we have actual proof of the falsity of these statements and that Meghan Markle made these statements. In Oprah, they were directly made and in 'Finding Freedom' it was instructed to put these things into the book by Mrs Markle [Meghan] through email. If we didn't have the email it would be a different story."
"The part that is missed in this whole thing is they're acting as if there was no harm that came from these statements that were made. We clearly put into our complaint the damage that was caused to Samantha Markle by her being labeled a liar. She now faces online comments as 'Meghan's lying sister' and she never lied about anything," Sasson concluded.
Responding to the claims made by Samantha’s legal team, Meghan’s legal team argued that due to the statements in 'Finding Freedom' not being made by Meghan herself, she “cannot be liable for them.” Regarding Meghan's claim that she grew up an only child, the team argued that it was “textbook example of a subjective statement about how a person feels about her childhood”.
The documents by Meghan's legal team read: "Plaintiff [Samantha] first asserts that she can disprove that Meghan ‘grew up as an only child. But this perception is inherently unfalsifiable. It is hard to imagine a more personal and subjective feeling than how one views their childhood.
"Moreover, Plaintiff's opposition completely ignores the context of the statement, where Ms Winfrey asked Meghan about her ‘relationship’ with Plaintiff (to whom Ms Winfrey referred as her 'half-sister on her father's side).
“Meghan's response to that question that she ‘grew up as an only child was not meant to be a statement of objective fact that she had no genetic siblings or half-siblings. Rather, it was a textbook example of a subjective statement about how a person feels about her childhood.”
The ongoing dispute between Meghan Markle and her family is known to all. The thread of disputes that left the audience stunned was started by Meghan’s father, Thomas Markle, who gave many press interviews and announced that he had been “uninvited” to the wedding.
Coming back to the latest defamation case, in the court documents Samantha claims that Meghan started a campaign to publicly destroy her and her father’s public reputation.
A judge is set to rule on Meghan’s filing to dismiss the lawsuit filed by Samantha.