Boustany files suit over book's prostitution claims
LAFAYETTE - Congressman Charles Boustany filed a lawsuit Monday against the author of a new book and the book's publishers.
Boustany's attorney, Jimmy Faircloth, said a newly-published book about the murder of eight prostitutes in Jennings, Louisiana, falsely accuses Boustany of having a relationship with the women. The suit said the book is defamation.
The book, Murder in the Bayou: Who Killed the Women Known as the Jeff Davis 8?, is written by Ethan Brown and was published by Simon & Schuster Inc. Brown wrote unnamed sources linked Boustany to the women but did not tie the congressman to their deaths. Boustany is running for U.S. Senate.
"The law does not allow someone to slander another person to sell books, not even public officials," Faircloth said in a statement. He continued, "Mr. Brown either made up the story or he's peddling political garbage that he knew or should have known is false. It's easy to spread hateful lies about others, but it's not easy to defend it under oath while facing the prospects of perjury. This lie will be exposed and those responsible will be held accountable."
In September, Boustany suggested his political rivals in the senate race were behind the accusations. Click HERE to read more.
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