City Councilor Julia Mejia says Turtleboy owner Aiden Kearney keeps libeling her and she's had enough.
In a defamation lawsuit filed yesterday in Suffolk Superior Court, Mejia says a 2021 Turtleboy post claiming she started livestreaming rather than calling 911 when somebody was being murdered outside her Dorchester home and 2022 social-media posts alleging she's a possible drug user who threw her weight around BPD headquarters to avoid getting charged with OUI are "false, libelous and defamatory, per se."
The posts, her suit alleges:
Were defamatory, per se, because they impute dishonesty, immorality, vice, violations of criminal law and dishonorable conduct to Mejia and injured Plaintiff in her personal and professional career. The Defendant knew or should have known that the statements about Plaintiff were false and recklessly published the information unnecessarily, unreasonably, and excessively with disregard to falsity. ...
All the above-described statements were false, malicious and were published with a knowing, intentional, subjective awareness of, and/or reckless disregard of, their falsity.
As a direct and proximate result of the Defendant's defamatory and libelous statements, the Plaintiff suffered injury, and has been held up to scorn, ridicule and abuse. ...
Defendant's conduct was extreme, outrageous, beyond all possible bounds of decency, and utterly intolerable in a civilized society.
Mejia is seeking a jury trial at which she can seek a ruling declaring that Kearney defamed her and order him to not do so again - and to award her financial damages.