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University of Idaho Professor Rebecca Scofield sues Ashley Guillard for defamation



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A historical past professor on the College of Idaho is suing a cyber-sleuth for defamation after the would-be detective accused her of involvement within the campus slayings final month. 

TikTok character Ashley Guillard accused Rebecca Scofield, an affiliate professor and chair of the historical past division, of perpetrating the murders of four students at the university in Moscow, Idaho. The lawsuit, filed Wednesday, factors to quite a few movies posted to the platform that tried to tie the trainer to the killings. 

“The statements made about Professor Scofield are false, plain and easy,” Scofield’s legal professional Wendy J.Olson advised Fox Information Digital in an announcement. “What’s even worse is that these unfaithful statements create questions of safety for the Professor and her household.”

“In addition they additional compound the trauma that the households of the victims are experiencing and undermine regulation enforcement efforts to seek out the individuals accountable as a way to present solutions to the households and the general public,” the assertion continued. “Professor Scofield twice despatched stop and desist letters to Ms. Guillard, however Ms. Guillard has continued to make false statements, realizing they’re false.”

Ashley Guillard says she is not going to cease and additional questioned Scofield’s innocence.

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A College of Idaho professor is suing a TikToker for claiming she perpetrated the murders of 4 college students.


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The ultimate photograph of the College of Idaho victims revealed simply hours earlier than their murders.

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Professor Rebecca Scofield is suing Ashley Guillard for defamation.


“Thus, this lawsuit turned vital to guard Professor Scofield’s security and her status.”

Guillard posted a video Friday responding to the lawsuit, saying, “I’m not stopping,” and questioning why Scofield wanted three attorneys to sue her “if she’s so harmless.” 

Kaylee Goncalves, Madison Mogen, Xana Kernodle, and Ethan Chapin were stabbed to death inside a three-story home between 3 a.m. and 4 a.m. on Nov. 13. The victims had been discovered on the second and third flooring, whereas two feminine roommates on the primary ground slept by way of the assault, in line with police.

Right here’s the most recent protection on the brutal killings of 4 faculty associates:

The lawsuit alleges that Guillard began posting on Nov. 24 and immediately blamed Scofield, stating that the professor “had been concerned in a relationship with one of many murdered college students, Okay.G. [Kaylee Goncalves].” 

“On or about November 28, 2022, Guillard posted six TikTok movies to her account by which she falsely acknowledged that Professor Scofield, the chair of the historical past division, was liable for the 4 college students’ deaths,” the lawsuit stated. “Two of the TikToks immediately and falsely state that Professor Scofield ordered the execution of the 4 college students. Three of the TikToks both falsely implied or immediately acknowledged that Professor Scofield had been concerned in a relationship with one of many murdered college students, Okay.G.”

Scofield began working on the college in 2016 and took the place of division chair in 2021, according to the Idaho Statesman. In the lawsuit, it states that Scofield was in Portland visiting friends at the time of the killings and had never taught or met any of the victims.  

“She fears for her life and for the lives of her family members,” the complaint states. “She has incurred costs, including costs to install a security system and security cameras at her residence. She fears that Guillard’s false statements may motivate someone to cause harm to her or her family members.”

Moscow Police have yet to name a suspect and have needed to dedicate time to serving to management the rampant rumors and theories which have circulated as a result of murders. The police have even included a bit in common press releases known as “Rumor management,” geared toward quashing rumors in regards to the murders, victims or doable perpetrators that unfold on-line. 

Officers have warned that regulation enforcement officers have been monitoring rumors on social media and famous in a Dec. 9 press launch that “[a]nyone partaking in threats or harassment whether or not in individual, on-line or in any other case wants to know that they could possibly be subjecting themselves to legal costs.”