A judge Wednesday declined to assess a default judgment against a model who was sued for defamation by Boston Celtics center Tristan Thompson because the NBA player failed to state the amount of damages sought.
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Rafael Ongkeko said Thompson’s court papers must be amended to include the missing information before he will consider granting any relief against the defendant, Kimberly Alexander. The judge also scheduled a hearing for April 1 directing Thompson or his attorneys to explain why sanctions should not be imposed for failing to show up for Wednesday’s court proceedings.
Thompson, 29, sued Alexander last May 16, alleging that the model, a longtime Florida resident, moved to California likely because she believed the law would be more favorable to her in this state in a paternity proceeding. The suit also states Alexander has money problems and has been evicted from five homes in the past seven years, including as recently as July 2019.
Although a DNA test determined Thompson is not the father of her child, she has “maliciously accused Thompson of being a deadbeat dad, neglecting and failing to take financial responsibility for the child since birth,” the suit states.
“Such statements are absolutely false and are defamatory …,” the suit states. ” To quote Michael Jackson, `the kid is not (his) son.”’
After the DNA test proved that Thompson was not the father of her child, Alexander refused to accept the results and falsely accused Thompson and others allegedly acting on his behalf, including Khloe Kardashian, the mother of Thompson’s daughter, of manipulating the results, the suit states.
“That statement is also a malicious lie,” according to the suit.
After Thompson’s lawyers sent Alexander a letter demanding she stop allegedly defaming him, she stepped up her false attacks on the NBA player on Instagram, the suit alleges.
Thompson agreed to take a second DNA test, but Alexander refused, the NBA player says in a sworn statement in which he accuses Alexander of damaging his reputation and interfering with his employment.
“Ms. Alexander obviously knows that I am not the father of her child and that a second DNA test performed by a reputable … lab would reach the same conclusion, that I am not the father of Ms. Alexander’s son,” Thompson said.
Thompson said his commercial endorsement deals have “morals clauses” giving the businesses the option of ending their contract with him if he engages in “certain behavior or conduct that may cast the team or the brand in a negative light publicly.”
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