Former model pursues libel suit against Vietnamese news site

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A former Vietnamese model submitted evidence to a Hanoi court  on Wednesday morning as part of her anti-defamation lawsuit against a local news website.

A representative of Pham Thi Ngoc Thuy, 34, submitted a stack of reports and US court rulings to the Cau Giay District Court.
The packet of evidence contained rulings issued by the Department of Family and Children’s services in Santa Clara county--where Thuy lives with her three children--as well as incident reports prepared by the San Jose Police Department.

According to the Family and Children’s Services reports, generated between September 13, 2012 and December 7, 2012, all of Thuy’s children are healthy and well cared for by her and her boyfriend.

Former model Ngoc Thuy. File photo
Acting on "totally groundless" complaints made by Thuy’s ex-husband and her parents, investigators declared that Thuy showed no signs of drug use or child neglect.

Thuy plans to use the documents as the basis for a lawsuit against the Doi Song va Phap luat (Life and Law) news website which ran an article last December titled “Super model Ngoc Thuy insults, expels her parents from her house”.

The article, which billed itself as an “exclusive exposé,” alleged that Thuy and her boyfriend, who shared an apartment in San Jose, had a drug problem and were not taking care of their children--which included two daughters she had with her Viet kieu ex-husband An Nguyen.

The story also alleged that Thuy called police to forcibly remove her parents from the apartment they had flown to the US to visit their daughter and grandchildren.

However, a report from the San Jose police said they had been called to resolve a “domestic disturbance” by a concerned neighbor--not Thuy.

The police report also mentioned that on September 7, An Nguyen told the police “children neglect” was going on in Thuy’s apartment.

The former couple have been embroiled in a protracted court battle over VND 288-billion ($13.6 million) since 2011. 

The police report said An claimed Thuy and her boyfriend were using drugs.

That same day, police visited the apartment and concluded An’s complaint was groundless.

After the article was posted on the news website, Thuy sent a complaint to the site's editorial staff, demanding a correction. The site refused to comply.

Thuy later took the news website to a Hanoi court to demand a public apology as well as a VND1-million (US$47) compensation as a symbolic redress of the damage done to her reputation.

In September, a Ho Chi Minh City court announced that the former model has sued her mother for five villas in southern Vietnam.
In a complaint filed with the court, Thuy said she was seeking to take back her villas in the Sea View Residential Compound in the south-central province of Binh Thuan to prevent her mother from transferring ownership to another person.

 

 


 

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