BROOKLYN (CN) – Jennifer Rivas, whom the New York Post labeled a “Brooklyn babe,” says the tabloid defamed her by reporting that she looked “ready to play Bonnie” for Christian Torres, a rookie police officer accused of multiple bank robberies.
The Rupert Murdoch-owned newspaper is accused of publishing defamatory photos and captions in April 2008.
Reporters John Doyle and Matthew Nestel are named as defendants along with NYP Holdings.
Rivas was shown dressed in vintage clothing holding a revolver. The complaint states that these photo captions were libelous:
“With a long-barreled pistol and vintage ’30s dress, this Brooklyn babe looks ready to play Bonnie in ‘Bonnie and Clyde.’ Two months before her NYPD rookie beau got busted on bank robbery charges, his young fiancée, Jennifer Rivas, showed that she too knows how to handle some heavy iron.”
“The beauty expertly holds the revolver in her right hand with arm properly outstretched as she stares into the camera.”
“A childhood friend of Torres insists that Rivas never lived the high life off the stolen money.”
Rivas is represented in Kings County Court by Darren Seilback with Newman & Okun.