Aretakis Sues Fox 23 for Negligence

Capital News 9 [Albany NY]
July 22, 2004

Attorney John Aretakis has made his name by representing alleged victims of clergy sexual abuse, but now a client of his is suing local TV-news station Fox 23 and its parent company, Clear Channel Communications.

Aretakis alleged, in a series of stories aired in 2002, the station acted negligently by allowing one of its reporters to show the face and name of one his clients without Aretakis' permission.

"This suit is about a reporter's aggressive pursuit of a victim of clergy sexual abuse. So aggressive, in fact, that the reporter lied to the victim and followed the victim, and then exposed that victim's name, face and story on television despite an agreement to the contrary," he said.

When contacted by Capital News 9, Fox 23 said they cannot comment because the case is an ongoing legal matter. According to the suit, the victim is asking for $3 million in damages from Fox and Clear Channel.


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