COVINGTON, Ky. (CBSDC/AP) — Jury selection has begun in northern Kentucky in a defamation lawsuit involving a gossip website and a former Cincinnati Bengals cheerleader convicted of having sex with a teenage student.
The retrial of the lawsuit by former high school teacher Sarah Jones began Monday in federal court in Covington, Ky. Jones is seeking $11 million over two 2009 posts on thedirty.com. The posts said she had sex with every Bengals player and probably had two sexually transmitted diseases, chlamydia and gonorrhea. Jones says the posts were untrue and caused her severe mental anguish.
A January trial in the lawsuit against the Scottsdale, Ariz.-based site and its operator resulted in a hung jury.
The posts were unrelated to Jones’ guilty plea last year to charges she had sex with an underage ex-student.
Jones has admitted to having sex with Cody York, then 17, in February 2011 when she was 26. York was a student in her freshman English class in 2008. She also served as his peer tutor in 2010 and 2011 according to CBS News.
Under terms of her plea agreement, Jones will avoid jail time.
Jones and York, now 19, recently got engaged while vacationing with the former cheerleader’s family in Florida.
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