PITTSBURGH – A city attorney is suing the creator of a Web site that lets women dish dirt on men they claim have wronged them, saying they made defamatory statements about him.
Attorney Todd J. Hollis sued because he contends two Pittsburgh-area women and other anonymous users posted items about him on www.dontdatehimgirl.com in which they claim he is unfaithful, among other things, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported Thursday.
Hollis filed the lawsuit Thursday in Allegheny County against Tasha C. Joseph, who created the site, which bills itself as a "cost-effective weapon in the war on cheating men."
Joseph, 33, a former columnist for the Miami Herald, said any man can post a rebuttal on the site.
Lida Rodriguez-Taseff, an attorney representing Joseph, said the site is no different than the proverbial coffee shop where people go and chitchat."
"You would never think of holding the coffee shop owner liable because other people went in and defamed other people," Rodriguez-Taseff said.
Hollis' suit contends Joseph "conspired with disingenuous people whose only agenda is to attack the character of those individuals who have been identified on the site."
Hollis, 38, a criminal attorney for 12 years, also said the site does not have safeguards in place to ensure the truthfulness of items posted on it.