If my ex broke into my social media site and phone and told people that I have STD’s and other things, is this slander?

Asked on February 25, 2015 under Personal Injury, Colorado


S.L,. Member, California Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

Slander is spoken defamation.  Libel is written defamation.

Defamation is a false statement communicated to a third party who recognizes the defamatory content.  Each repetition of the defamatory statement is actionable in a lawsuit for defamation.

The statement that you have STDs is slander.  Your damages (the amount of compensation you are seeking in your lawsuit for defamation against your ex) would include compensation for the injury to your reputation, mental distress, loss of friends and associates, and if applicable physical illness and medical expense.

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