If a step parent is accused by the biological parent of sexually molesting their three year old daughter and the step parent is innocent from all allegations; can the step parent sue the biological parent for slandering their name or false accusations?
1 Answer from Attorneys
If you were verbally accused of committing a crime you did not commit and at least one person other than yourself heard it - you may have a civil suit for slander per se. In a slander per se case, damages are presumed so you would not have to prove that you were damaged in anyway just that the person actually made the slanderous statement(s). If the accusations were written it would be libel per se. Truth of the statement is an absolute defense so if you file this suit and the biological parent can prove the statement is true not only will they win the suit but you will be in qute a heap of trouble.