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Lawyer accused of cheating on exes loses court battle

February 20, 2012 12:00:00 AM PST
Two women have won a legal battle against an ex-boyfriend who sued them for posting comments about him on a website about cheating lovers.

Los Angeles attorney Gloria Allred held a news conference with the two women Monday.

New York attorney Matthew Couloute Jr. claimed the comments on LiarsCheatersRUs.com defamed him and interfered with his business. But a federal court judge ruled in favor of the two women: Stacey Blitsch, a former roller derby star, who has a son with Couloute; and Amanda Ryncarz, who was in a relationship with Couloute for more than two years.

"I believe that women should be able to express their feelings about men in their lives without the fear of being sued," said Ryncarz, who said she thought Couloute would marry her.

Blitsch, on the other hand, denied posting anything. Couloute alleges she posted defamatory remarks anonymously.

Blitcsh and Couloute have a son together. She lost the boy in a custody battle.

"She's on a vendetta to get this child back," Couloute said.

The judge could not find that the women intentionally interfered with Couloute's business clients. The judge also weighed whether a reasonable reader would consider if the posting were assertions of fact or opinion. He found that the comments were "emotionally charged rhetoric" and opinions of disappointed lovers.

Allred said it is a warning to anyone, male or female, who lies and cheats.

Couloute said he is appealing the decision.

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