Judge dismisses Tay Anderson’s defamation claims against Black Lives Matter 5280, parent who testified at Capitol

The Denver Post: A judge this week dismissed the bulk of a defamation lawsuit filed by Denver school board member Tay Anderson against Black Lives Matter 5280, its leadership and a parent, ruling their unsubstantiated claims of sexual assault against Anderson were protected speech and Anderson would not be able to prove they made the claims with actual malice.

However, Denver District Court Judge David H. Goldberg allowed the defamation claim against a 19-year-old activist who made similar allegations on her Facebook page to proceed, according to a written order filed Wednesday.

In March 2021, Black Lives Matter 5280 posted a statement on its social media accounts saying a woman had come to them with allegations that she was sexually assaulted by Anderson. The claim led Anderson’s fellow Denver Public Schools board members to hire ILG, an independent firm, to investigate the allegations.

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