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Judge makes a decision in Phaedra Parks defamation suit

Photo Credit: Phaedra Parks' Twitter Cover (@phaedraparks)
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While most people have just been paying attention to the shady battles that Phaedra Parks has on “The Real Housewives of Atlanta,” the reality TV star has been waging a real battle in court for years over accusations from a former associate named Angela Stanton that she was the mastermind of an alleged criminal empire. Now, after a long fought battle, reports have revealed that judge has finally made a decision in Parks’ case.

As previously reported, Stanton published the book Lies of a Real Housewife: Tell The Truth & Shame The Devil in 2012 and in the book she alleged that Parks and her incarcerated husband, Apollo Nida, were involved in forgery, theft and racketeering and brought her into their world of crime before abandoning her once she was arrested. Stanton also alleged that Parks was the real ringleader of this “criminal enterprise” and that Parks even had a secret “girlfriend” and was into “freaky” sex.

“Phaedra was this crooked attorney who knew how to commit crimes against the federal government. She also knew how to get away. Phaedra Parks had studied the law extensively, and learned how to manipulate the cracks in the system,” wrote Stanton.

Parks fired back at Stanton with a defamation lawsuit against Stanton, while Stanton filed a countersuit of her own against Parks. Parks tried to have Stanton’s counterclaims dismissed multiple times but was denied every time, even up until this past March.

However, Parks tried one final time this past April to get Stanton’s suit dismissed and it looks like this time did the trick because reports claim that the judge decided that Stanton’s case shouldn’t go forward and that her suit should be dismissed. Luckily for Stanton, Parks decided to dismiss her lawsuit against Stanton, as well.

Stanton’s attorney, James Radford, confirmed the news on his website, explaining that Stanton is disappointed, but glad that the case is finally over.

“The case of Phaedra Parks v. Angela Stanton was scheduled for trial on June 6, 2016 in the State Court of Gwinnett County, Georgia. On Monday, June 1, the court entered an order dismissing Ms. Stanton’s counterclaims against Ms. Parks. Ms. Parks subsequently agreed to dismiss with prejudice her lawsuit against Ms. Stanton if Ms. Stanton would agree not to appeal the order dismissing the counterclaims. So, the case is now resolved and will not go to trial.

“We have some disappointment, as Ms. Stanton was anxious for her day in court. However, a dismissal is a dismissal, and Ms. Stanton is relieved that the claim of defamation has finally been buried. This has been a long, tumultuous process. Ms. Stanton looks forward to focusing on the positive things in her life, to following her dreams of being an author, and to sharing her life story with the world,” the statement read.

Well, as it stands, both women are back to square one with Stanton still pushing her book and Parks seemingly moving on with her life.

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