Filing frenzy. Meghan Markle is again attempting to dismiss half-sister Samantha Markle‘s defamation lawsuit — but a judge denied the duchess’ request. The previous attempt to dismiss the claim was denied as moot because Samantha filed an amended complaint.
The 40-year-old Suits alum filed her first motion to dismiss on June 17. In court docs obtained by Us Weekly on Monday, June 27, Meghan argued against the claims her sibling laid out in her “meritless defamation case.” Meghan has generally reincorporated her defenses in her new motion as well.
Meghan alleged in her submission that Samantha “deleted numerous specific factual allegations and exhibits from her original complaint,” claiming that the facts would “completely undermine” Samantha’s case. “Most obviously, her original complaint attached a 2018 email from Meghan to the then-Communications Secretary of Kensington Palace, Jason Knauf, that Plaintiff alleged was the basis for the allegedly defamatory statements in Finding Freedom,” the docs continue. “However, the email on its face disproved Plaintiff’s claim that Meghan was somehow responsible for the authors’ allegedly defamatory statements in Finding Freedom.”
The Duchess of Sussex’s motion continued, “Indeed, in her desperation to save her case, Plaintiff quite literally fabricated one of the statements, as evidenced by the missing interview transcript.”
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