Crime writer sues over online 'defamation'

Best-selling crime writer Patricia Cornwell is suing another author claiming he has posted libellous and defamatory statements about her online, the court documents reveal.

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Best-selling crime writer Patricia Cornwell is suing another author claiming he has posted libellous and defamatory statements about her online, the court documents reveal.

In the lawsuit filed in April against Leslie Raymond Sachs, Cornwell asks the courts to stop Sachs from posting "defamatory and contemptuous" material against her at a number of websites. Sachs has claimed Cornwell is a racist and that she plagiarised part of one of his novels.

Cornwell, who has written 21 books in 17 years, has also asked the court for a jury trial and is seeking £1m damages.

In 2000, an injunction was issued against Sachs ordering him to stop posting information on his website that alledged Cornwell had stolen material from his book, The Virginia Ghost Murders, and used it in her novel, The Last Precinct, according to court documents.

But rather than stop, Sachs continued to post libellous statements about Cornwell on his blog and other websites, which hurt her reputation and caused her emotional distress, the lawsuit said.

Sachs could not be reached for comment. Neither Cornwell, nor her lawyer, Joan Lukey, could be reached for comment.

An initial hearing was held on 22 May. The case continues

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