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Erik Wemple
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Posted at 12:19 PM ET, 05/16/2012

ESPN says lawsuit over Bernie Fine reporting meritless

Former Syracuse men’s basketball coach Bernie Fine. (Jim McIsaac - GETTY IMAGES)
The Syracuse Post-Standard reported this morning that Laurie Fine was ready to sue ESPN for libel over its airing last year of sexual molestation allegations against her husband, former Syracuse University assistant men’s basketball coach Bernie Fine.

The legal action names ESPN as well as reporter Mark Schwarz and producer Arthur Berko as defendants, alleging that they “ruined Laurie Fine’s reputation by maliciously publishing false and defamatory factual accusations.”

At the time of the Post-Standard report, ESPN hadn’t yet reviewed the complaint. It told the paper: “We haven’t had the opportunity to review the complaint. We stand by our reporting.”

Well, it has by now apparently eyeballed the 44-page document, and what a change! “The suit is without merit and we stand by our reporting,” the network says.

Laurie Fine v. ESPN

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