Tristan Thompson Files Libel Suit Against Woman Who Claims He Fathered Her Child
You might have heard about the drama going on between Tristan Thompson and Kimberly Alexander, the woman who recently claimed he fathered her child. After taking a paternity test that came back negative, the NBA player and his attorney sent Alexander a cease-and-desist letter, demanding that she stop spreading “defamatory lies and specious fabrications” or else she would face a hefty lawsuit. However, Alexander did not heed Thompson’s demands.
Paternity claims about Tristan Thompson recently surfaced
The drama surrounding Thompson and Alexander kicked off on May 12 when tabloid site Gossip of the City published copies of alleged paperwork from LB Genetics, a facility specializing in DNA testing services. The documents suggested Thompson took a paternity test earlier this year.
The same report also featured screenshots of text messages allegedly sent by Thompson to Alexander, as well as copies of emails that she supposedly received from her former attorney, Lisa Bloom.
According to emails and documentation, Alexander suspected the NBA player tampered with the DNA test and requested he take a second one, which he agreed to do on the condition that an AABB-accredited lab performed the test.
After the second test came back negative, Thompson had his attorney, Marty Singer, fire off a cease-and-desist letter to Alexander asking her to “immediately stop defaming them with malicious defamatory lies and specious fabrications,” regarding the paternity claim that surfaced online.
Thompson threatened to take legal action against Alexander
In the letter, Singer said Thompson was not the father of Alexander’s baby and went on to demand that she put an end to her false paternity claims — or else the athlete would be forced to take legal action against her.
“It has been proven that Mr. Thompson is not the father of your child and we demand that you stop claiming that he is, and that he and Ms. Kardashian somehow falsified the paternity test results,” Singer wrote in the letter, which was obtained by E! News. “It is defamatory per se to falsely assert that someone is a deadbeat dad who allegedly does not support his children, and to falsely accuse my clients of faking paternity test results.”
In response to the letter, Alexander told E! News, “I feel like the whole issue originally stemmed from Tristan not wanting to choose a neutral setting for the DNA testing and using a Kardashian-associated DNA testing facility. I feel as if you really have nothing to hide then why not just go to a neutral testing site. And we both know what happened and exactly what went on between us, that’s all I can say for now.”
According to Entertainment Tonight, Singer now has filed a libel suit against Alexander and is demanding a jury trial. Singer said Alexander allegedly shared multiple defamatory social media posts after she was issued the cease-and-desist letters. And because she allegedly didn’t comply with the terms outlined in the letter, Thompson is now seeking damages to “set an example of defendants, and to deter such conduct in the future,” as well as for court costs.
California has strict defamation laws
According to the Shouse California Law Group, four elements must be proven for something to constitute defamation. It has to be proven the accused person(s) made up a lie about someone, they made the defamatory comment to a third party, they “negligently, recklessly or intentionally” made the alleged statement, and the alleged victim’s “reputation was damaged.”
Thompson believes Alexander “maliciously accused” him of being a “deadbeat dad” on social media. And now it’s looking like she’ll have to face Thompson in court to determine whether she broke the law. We’ll just have to stay tuned and see how this paternity saga plays out.