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Blogger: Ex-cheerleader public figure

Updated: January 23, 2013, 2:53 PM ET
Associated Press

COVINGTON, Ky. -- A gossip website operator defended himself Wednesday against a defamation lawsuit by arguing that a former Cincinnati Bengals cheerleader featured in posts on the site is a public figure.

Hooman Karamian, who goes by the name Nik Richie, testified in a northern Kentucky courtroom that cheerleader Sarah Jones was on national television and participated in community events because of the high-profile job. Public figures trying to prove defamation have a higher burden than ...

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