People who make false allegations of sexual assault can find themselves in hot water. That may be the case for 2 women who recently accused pop star Justin Bieber of sexual assault in claims made on Twitter.
Bieber responded by having his attorney file a $20 million defamation lawsuit ($10 million from each defendant) in Los Angeles Superior Court against the 2 women, who are both listed as Jane Doe since their identity is unconfirmed.
As reported recently in the Los Angeles Times, Bieber’s defamation lawsuit contends he has “indisputable documentary evidence” that the allegations against him are “outrageous lies” that are “provably fabricated” and “factually impossible.” His lawyer, Martin Singer, said Bieber is taking this legal action “to clear his name and set the record straight.”
The lawsuit claims the women have “fraudulently schemed to seek attention and fame by maliciously posting despicable, blatantly false, fabricated, defamatory accusations” that the singer engaged in sexual assault.
One woman’s claim involved an alleged sexual assault at the Four Seasons Hotel in Austin, Texas in 2014. The other woman’s claim involves an alleged sexual assault of her at the Langham, a hotel in New York City, in 2015.
Among other refutations of these claims, Bieber’s lawyer cites evidence that Bieber was not at either of these locations at the dates and times cited.
The singer’s complaint to the court says:
“It is abundantly clear that these 2 individuals are trying to capitalize on the climate of fear permeating the entertainment industry, Hollywood and corporate America, whereby it is open season for anyone to make any claim (no matter how vile, unsupported, and provably false) about anyone without consequence.”
False campus rape accusations and Title IX
Sadly, you don’t have to be a world-famous celebrity like Justin Bieber to be the target of false allegations of sexual assault. For anyone, such false claims are a serious matter, since sexual assault charges and punishments can be severe — especially in Texas.
In Texas, false campus rape accusations have recently become a particularly heated source of contention. In fact, the organization Save Our Sons has documented 35 incidents of such false accusations, as featured in a recent article.
Falsely accused students need legal representation when faced with what is known as a Title IX investigation. Such investigations are often unfairly weighed against the accused, who are largely considered guilty until proven innocent. That is a subversion of America’s long held legal principle protecting citizens’ right to be considered innocent until proven guilty.
Men are most often falsely accused
Men, in particular, may be falsely accused of sexual assault or similar crimes when women have “ulterior motives” against them. Perhaps the false allegation is made to seek revenge for an argument, an infidelity or some other act, or it can be made to seek leverage in a legal dispute, such as a fight for child custody during a divorce proceeding.
False sexual assault claims also tend to be made due to a misinterpretation of a situation or misunderstanding. In addition, the element of intoxication can lead to many false claims.
Social pressures leads to rise in false allegations
With the impetus of the #MeToo movement of women coming forward with sexual assault allegations, there have been false claims to go along with real and authentic ones, and the accused often are widely attacked on social media and elsewhere before having their day in court.
In effect, it sometimes seems that an allegations hysteria is raging.
Innocent victims of false claims of sexual assault must do something about this.
What can they do?
They can stand up for their legal rights.
If you face a false claim of sexual assault, fight back with an experienced sexual assault defense lawyer, which our Houston-area law firm can provide. Contact the Neal Davis Law Firm today for a confidential legal review of your case.