Tim Deegan : FCN meteorologist files defamation suit against Nexstar Broadcasting : Report

Tim Deegan : FCN meteorologist files defamation suit against Nexstar Broadcasting : Report

Tim Deegan claims that his photo was used in place of another Tim Deegan in an Action News article about a horrific sexual slavery case.

A Florida news weatherman is suing a news provider for allegedly using his photo on a story about a man with the same name who was accused of keeping women as sex slaves.

Tim Deegan is seeking damages in excess of $75,000. Although the story was accurate, the alleged offender was a different Timothy Deegan, a certified public accountant who lives in Gainesville.

The lawsuit filed, filed on Nov. 7, names Nexstar Broadcasting Inc as the defendant. Nexstar’s division Inergize Digital provides digital content for various television stations owned or managed by Cox Media Group.

The suit says Nexstar falsely identified Deegan as the person who had been “arrested and charged with some of the most despicable crimes and immoral conduct imaginable.”

Tim Deegan claims the publication of the photo caused him financial damage as well as mental suffering, including mental anguish, personal humiliation and injury to reputation.

In its response, Nexstar admits that it published the wrong photo, but that it did so “in good faith and without negligence, express malice or actual malice.”

“The publication about which Plaintiff [Deegan] complains, when considered in its entirety as required by applicable law, was not of and concerning Plaintiff, and could not be reasonably understood to refer to him,” the response says.

  • Tom

    Curious to see where this case will go and to hear what monetary damage he had. If it didn’t hurt me (which I don’t see how it would), I’d find it funny more than anything, and would hope the news station would at least give me a copy of the broadcast to show friends 😉