Louisville fans who have been waiting for a basketball scandal development that actually benefits their side can rejoice (or something), as five women who were named as prostitutes in "Breaking Cardinal Rules" have joined a defamation lawsuit against author Katina Powell.
The plaintiffs say the "accusations are absolutely false" and that the conduct of Powell, co-author Dick Cady and IBJ Publishing "was outrageous and intolerable and offends generally accepted standards of decency and morality."
Eight new plaintiffs have joined student Kyle Hornback in her suit against Powell, who gained notoriety when her book, "Breaking Cardinal Rules: Basketball and the Escort Queen," was published weeks ago. In her book, Powell, 42, has claims that she hosted 22 stripping and sex parties from 2010 to 2014 inside Billy Minardi Hall, the on-campus dorm for athletes. Powell has said that former Louisville graduate assistant Andre McGee arranged the parties and paid her $10,000 for supplying dancers.
On Oct. 22, Hornback filed a lawsuit against both Powell and her publisher, IBJ Book Publishing, LLC., claiming that the book damaged the value of a University of Louisville degree. Hornback claimed that Powell's "malicious, willful, wanton, and outrageous" actions have limited Hornback's ability to find a job after graduation and pay back student loans.
The suit has also been expanded to include Dick Cady, Powell's co-author, as a defendant.
Nash, Richardson, Burnley, Martin and Bolden say that Powell, Cady and IBJ Book Publishing wrongfully label them as prostitutes -- a claim the five of them refute.
"In the book, during interviews with the media, and appearances on various talk shows, Defendants impute and accuse these women of engaged in prostitution with recruits and students of the University of Louisville," the lawsuit states. "These allegations are absolutely false. These Plaintiffs never gave any consent or permission to use their name, stage name, alias, photo, image, and/or likeness for this false, outrageous, horrendous, atrocious and heinous sex scandal."
Calling the allegations a "fraudulent and deceitful scam," the suit blasts Cady and IBJ Book Publishing for their failure to, "perform or engage in any due diligence to determine whether Powell's allegations were true or false."
If you'd like to read a copy of the First Amended Complaint for yourself, you can do so here.