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‘Basketball Wife’ Claims She Was Defamed

MIAMI (CN) - A cast member of the "reality" TV show "Basketball Wives" claims the website Media Take Out defamed her in an article "falsely stating that [she] had cheated on her fiancé, Chad Ochocinco, with his friend, Terrell Owens."

Evelyn Lozada sued Media Take Out in Miami-Dade County Court.

She claims the website defamed her in a Sept. 2 posting that ran under the headline: "'Evelyn Lozada from the Basketball Wives was CREEPING ... with one of Chad's BALLER FRIENDS!!!' (Explosive Details)."

She claims the website did it again 4 days later, in "a follow up article falsely stating that Lozada was 'knocked up' and was quitting the show 'Basketball Wives,' to become a 'full-time mom.'"

Lozada says none of those claims are true. She says Media Take Out rejected her request for a retraction.

She adds that the defendant "boasts on its home page that it is 'The Most Visited Urban Website in the World."

Lozada owns a small shoe business in Florida. Her fiancé is a wide receiver for the New England Patriots.

Lozada claims the articles have been read by more than 250,000 people and republished on other websites.

"As a direct and proximate result of the publication of the aforementioned defamatory statements, Lozada suffered reputational and professional damage, damage to her business, and severe emotional distress," she says.

She seeks punitive damages. She is represented by David Pollack.

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